Fun Summer Travel Starts with CoPilot

Summer travel is in full swing. No matter where your destination, beach or park, you can depend on CoPilot to get you there. Enjoy the sand between your toes, the sun on your skin and CoPilot in your car.

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We’re giving you up to 10% off selected CoPilot apps until August 4th! Take advantage of this sale and the warm weather. You’ll also get 1 month of ActiveTraffic™ free – perfect for planning the best time to head to the beach to avoid sitting in traffic when you’re looking to relax!

Whether you’re a beach vacationer, adventure seeker, nature lover or sight seer, CoPilot can help you explore parts of Europe, USA and Canada, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East or Australia this summer.

Take advantage of our sizzling summer deals in CoPilot GPS, with 10% off in-app map upgrades†. To get additional map regions, tap MyCoPilot > Features & Upgrades. Hurry, sale ends August 4th,  2013!

 

Wherever you’re headed this summer, we wish you safe travels!

 

† Requires upgrade to full voice-guided navigation first

CoPilot App Updates come to iOS, requires iOS 6

Our latest update, v 9.4.0.276, is available now for iOS users! Here’s what you get with our  free update:copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode and other fixes

Following their exciting WWDC conference, Apple has made some changes to the requirements for detecting devices. Our CoPilot team has adjusted our process accordingly which means that all future app updates will work with devices equipped with iOS 6.0 or greater.copilot-data-settings-iphone4_US

Most of our users will be unaffected because every iPhone is that CoPilot runs on has iOS 6. If you have iOS 5, we strongly recommend updating to iOS 6 to continue using CoPilot and receiving all of our future updates.

For iPad (1st Generation) customers who are unable to update to a newer OS version: you can of course continue to use your CoPilot app exactly as before, but will be unable to update to a newer version of CoPilot on that device. You may wish to download the current app from the App Store to iTunes on your computer as a backup should you need it, as you may be unable to download and install it from the App Store to your device.

If you get a new iPad in the future, you’ll be able to simply re-download from the App Store and login to continue using it – and get future app updates.

Survive Amusement Park Adventures with CoPilot!

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Warm weather leads to outdoor fun and what’s a better way to spend your day then riding roller coasters? Amusement Parks can be an overwhelming place but with your CoPilot app and a few of our tips, we think you can get a pretty good handle on this massive carnival.

weather screenshotCheck the weather: Use CoPilot to check the weather before you leave, that way you can dress accordingly. It’s always a good idea to bring layers in case the weather changes once you arrive.

Park Smart: CoPilot can help you remember where you park, a feature that comes in handy after hours upon hours of being out in a crowd and in the sun.

Charging Case: Along with using CoPilot’s power saving mode, it may be worth it to invest in a case that protects and charges your phone if you’re going to be out of the house for hours at a time.

Waterproof your device…sorta: Keep your phone in a clear, plastic zip lock bag to ensure that it won’t get too wet when you’re on a water ride.

Map out the park: You know how to navigate, you use CoPilot after all! It’s easier to know where you’re headed before you get there and it saves time too! Another useful hint: Start at the back of the park and work your way to the front. Most parkgoers will start at the first ride they see which leads to long wait times for you!

Always pick a spot to meet: If anyone from your group should get lost, make sure to designate a place to meet.

And most importantly, remember to have fun!

Find Your Way to Fireworks This Fourth of July

Fireworks are a huge part of any Independence Day celebration with many towns offering spectacular displays for their citizens. Looking to find a place to catch the light show? Try your local paper or a quick Google Search to see the events in your area. Enter your destination into CoPilot, pack a couple of blankets and take in an amazing show! Here’s a list of major cities with renowned 4th of July firework showcases:

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If you’re near Philadelphia: The week long Welcome America Festival boasts appearances by Kevin Hart and big names in music like John Mayer and Ne-Yo. The display of fireworks on the Delaware River can be seen on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the river but the action happens at 10:30pm at the Ben Franklin Parkway.

If you’re near New York: Macy’s 37th annual 4th of July Fireworks show at the Hudson River is a huge draw for Big Apple patriots. With performances by top entertainers like Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw, the event is sure to be an illuminating showcase.

If you’re near Washington D.C.: Our nation’s capitol holds their celebration at the National Mall in an event they call “Capitol Fourth” complete with the National Symphony Orchestra whose music provides the perfect backdrop to a magnificent firework show.

If you’re near Addison, Texas: Kaboom Town!, a 30 minute firework extravaganza can be seen anywhere in  Addison and broadcast on all 170 restaurants in town.

If you’re near San Diego: The Big Bay Boom, an annual event located at the San Diego bay, can be seen from four different locations. Make your way to Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero or Seaport Village/Coronado Landing to watch the epic firework illustration.

If you’re near New Orleans: Fireworks in the Big Easy look grand over the Mississippi River. The best part about these pyrotechnics? They can be seen from many points throughout the city which is helpful to those looking to avoid a crowded downtown area.

If you’re near Saint Louis: Fair Saint Louis invites you to take in the sight of fireworks underneath the Gateway Arch! The 3 day event kicks off with live music from Trace Adkins, Brett Michaels and the Counting Crows along with many other fun family-friendly activities.

We hope you have an amazing Independence Day wherever you decide to go!

 

Helpful Hint: Cellular Data Usage

In a world where we can stream movies and music straight to our devices, data usage has become a concern for many users.

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We understand that data is a precious commodity among smartphone users. Here at CoPilot, we want you to be able to watch that really cute cat video on YouTube without worrying about our app contributing to your data decrease. Our new connection settings feature allows our users to control how much of their data CoPilot uses while helping you navigate the open road.

You can manage your Cellular Data Usage by tapping Settings -> Cellular Data Usage. Once there, you’ll have the option of enabling your treasurable data only for the services you wish to use. Please remember, when downloading our maps always connect to a WiFi network to avoid data charges.

 

Need more ways to minimize data? Check out CNET’s HowTo to help manage your data.

 

 

 

CoPilot in the News: June

June was an exciting and busy month here at CoPilot! We released our CoPilot GPS app for Windows Phone 8 and gave our Android and iOS users a new update and updated maps!

Here’s a comprehensive roundup of all the great reactions CoPilot received this month. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to write about us, we appreciate your support!

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Lost? CoPilot GPS now officially available for Windows Phone 8 by Daniel Rubino

“The popular navigation app brings yet-another solid choice to Windows Phone users who are looking for a concrete driving solution. Truth be told, we’ve been using the app for a few weeks now and have been quite impressed with its bold graphics, traffic integration (we really like the traffic bar to the right), voice navigation (yes, some of the voices even announce street names) and overall “smartness” of the app, including a ton of various configurations.”

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CoPilot 9.4.2 Update Has Arrived For Summer

CoPilot 9.4.2 iOS and Android App Update is here!

The new version brings you a free European & US map update, supports Android Swiftkey, introduces a new,  highly requested Just Drive mode and helps you control data usage with an offline switch. copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

We are so excited to announce our latest update for our iOS, Android Google Play and Webstore customers. Our developers have been programming long and hard to bring you fixes and features.

CoPilot version 9.4.2 includes:

  •  Completely updated European and US Street maps – Follow these instructions to get your maps!
  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.copilot-data-settings_galaxy-nexus_US
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode
  •  Swiftkey support for Android
  •   …and plenty of other fixes for both Android and iOS!

 

Thank you to all of you who have sent us essential feedback, reported issues and shared great ideas to help us make CoPilot great! We’re happy to bring you this latest update and eager to hear your thoughts! Contact us in our user forum to share your suggestions or ideas for app improvements: http://forum.copilotgps.com/.

CoPilot v9.4.2 is available immediately for Android and will be available for iOS users shortly.

Enjoy the summer season with CoPilot and our new features – happy travels!

CoPilot at WWDC 2013

IMG_20130613_175959_252I was thrilled to attend the World Wide Developer’s Conference this past week in San Francisco, CA on behalf of the CoPilot team. Having never been to a developer’s conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect from WWDC. There is so much to see and do that the event can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you’re surrounded by like-minded people, each one as excited as I was to participate in Apple’s innovative and inspiring conference.

 

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As a developer, I was interested to know the new features and design that Apple had in store and how we could maximize the CoPilot experience in iOS7. It was really cool to learn about the changes firsthand, like the automatic App updates to keep the latest version of CoPilot on your device. Of course, we will continue to provide What’s New information on our blogs and social media for our users to see new features and updates.

 

 

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Here at CoPilot , we’re excited to dive into all the new APIs available in order to give our iOS users a great experience while using our apps. iOS 7 will be available  in the fall and we can’t wait to see how awesome CoPilot can function within it.

– Alex Weisberger, Software Engineer Extraordinaire

 

Check out more photos from Alex’s WWDC trip here

 

Did you attend WWDC? Tell us about your trip in the comments!

FREE map update for CoPilot users

We’ve released a complete map update featuring our latest 2013 Q1 map data for all CoPilot North America customers.  The update includes thousands of new miles of roads in the U.S. and Canada and hundreds of map improvements submitted by our customers through the ALK MapSure™  service.

How to download your quarterly map update:

1) Download the latest free app update from iTunesGoogle Play,  Windows Phone Store  or the CoPilot Web Store

2) Connect to WiFi

3) Inside your CoPilot app, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps

 

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CoPilot Ensures Father Really Does Know Best

Family road trips create great memories for kids. Dad in the driver’s seat, trusted with taking the family from point A to point B without trouble. Their secret? CoPilot of course.

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This Father’s Day, give the man in your life the gift of carefree driving. CoPilot’s expert navigation and route planning will help Dads keep their eyes on the road and their minds available to play all your favorite road trip games.

Dads will love features like Alternate Routes and ActiveTraffic™  which are perfect for getting the whole clan to your destination.

After all, we know how much he loves to ask for directions. 🙂

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Love,

The CoPilot Team