Guiding You Home – New Map Update for North America Available Now

Unwrap your map in time for the holidays! Get your new map update now to guide you home this holiday season. Bringing you thousands of new miles of roads across North America. We are happy that we are offering our CoPilot users a free North American map update to ensure everyone has reliable offline maps wherever they are heading to this winter*.

How do I install a map update?

Make sure you have the latest update for your CoPilot app installed and make sure you have a strong WiFi connection.

In CoPilot, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps. Then select your map region (e.g. North America) and download the map update when prompted. Find the full instructions here >

How do I check if I have the latest map data?

Go to Settings > About CoPilot. Here you will see the map data version number (2017.04). Find out more details here >

How do I manage my maps?

You can store maps directly on your device, but you don’t need to download all of the maps at once thanks to our intelligent map management. Once you’ve licensed a region such as  North America, you can manage which regions/countries, for example Midwest, you need maps for and save a lot of space on your device.

Map Coverage

You can find a complete list of all the countries included in our North American apps here >

*The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. 

CoPilot Truck Has a New Home

We’re proud to announce the launch of www.copilottruck.com – our brand new North American website completely dedicated to everything CoPilot Truck!

 

Here you’ll find how CoPilot Truck navigation works for fleets of all sizes, integration partners, and individual drivers.  Gain insight into our back-office enterprise fleet management tools, read up on commercial navigation best practices, and dive into our in-cab navigation features. Don’t forget to check out the resource library that includes training videos and in-depth feature sheets.

 

Sign up for our newsletter and stay connected to the latest CoPilot Truck news and updates at www.copilottruck.com!  

Holiday Contest 2017

Stay safe this winter: Enter our contest now for a chance to win a winter car kit plus a CoPilot car or RV app of your choice. You can enter via Facebook or Twitter. Here’s how:

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  1. Click here, like CoPilot on Facebook and enter your email address
  2. Good luck!

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  1. Visit CoPilot on Twitter and follow us
  2. Re-Tweet the following:

Good luck!

The contest closes on 31st December 2017 and the winners will be announced later on CoPilot Facebook and CoPilot Twitter – so remember to like or follow to check if you have won. Terms and Conditions apply.

CoPilot: the Soccer Dad’s Wingman

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Find out how Chris (the soccer dad) used CoPilot as his wingman

 

With one daughter playing travel soccer and another playing travel softball, I spent my weekends this fall driving all over New Jersey and into parts of New York and Pennsylvania. CoPilot was my guide for all 1,000-plus miles in my minivan—yep, I’m a legit soccer dad—and I became a big fan of several features.

 

 

 

  • Trip planning & Trip saving: With the Plan Trip feature, I can map out my weekend route on a Friday night, save it, and open it right before l leave in the morning. (Often at 0-dark-thirty, before I’ve had enough coffee to do any critical thinking.)  The Save Trip feature allows me to keep and quickly pull up directions to fields we might visit two or three times a year—enough trips that the route is familiar, but I still need a little GPS refresher.

 

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  • Offline maps: One Saturday, our opponents gave us the wrong address for a field in a rural part of Northwest New Jersey that happened to have really bad wireless data coverage. Our coach called for the correct address, and CoPilot’s pre-loaded maps had us on our way, right away.

  • Speed alerts: Your mind can wander and your foot can get heavy after spending countless hours on the road to Mahwah or Morristown. CoPilot’s Speed Limit Warnings are a nice reminder to drive safely.
  • Custom locations: Fields are occasionally located within large parks. Once I find a particular field, I can create a custom location within the park, save it, pull it up next time we have to go there, and impress other parents with my local knowledge.

 

While our teams lost about as often as they won—sorry kids, keeping it real here—we were undefeated this fall in arriving to games on time.


Moral of the story: don’t be late to another game! With CoPilot, you’ll always arrive one time 🙂 

 

Fuel Efficient Trucking 101

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that,

​”Twenty-seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from transportation. Transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, just behind electricity. Between 1990 and 2015, GHG emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.” Source

More specifically, medium and heavy duty trucks contribute to 6.21% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US. But since the trucking industry is a vital backbone of the US economy, how can we reduce emissions, while continuing to move the industry forward and save costs for truckers?

Emissions generated by the trucking industry are not just an environmental concern: fuel efficiency also saves hard-earned dollars. In an industry where profit margins for owner-operators are getting ever smaller, every drop of fuel counts.

How Fuel Efficient Trucking Can Help Your Business

In the last few years, regulations regarding emissions in the trucking industry have become stricter. Additionally, diesel prices have been on the rise again in recent months and since fossil fuels are a finite resource, this is an additional long term concern. Increased fuel efficiency, which reduces emissions, is not just a way to address environmental concerns, but also a way to save dollars.

From Theory To Practice

Enough with the gray theory….how can we put increased fuel efficiency into practice? Big companies as diverse as Walmart and Tesla are looking at ways to make trucking more efficient. Several models of hybrid trucks and fully electric trucks are being tested or are already deployed on the streets. Additionally, the design of a truck can help reduce fuel consumption by using aerodynamic modeling. Another aspect is engine efficiency and using filters to reduce emissions.

However, not everyone can immediately afford to purchase the newest hybrid truck on the market. Fortunately, there are some practical tips for drivers to get more miles out of a full tank. First, remove additional weight from the truck to reduce overall fuel costs. Second, maintain a steady speed while driving, use cruise control and minimize idling time, to further decrease fuel consumption. And finally, plan efficient routes with dedicated truck-specific GPS navigation to limit out-of-route mileage.

How Can CoPilot Truck Increase Your Fuel Efficiency?

CoPilot Truck allows you to plan trips that are optimized for your vehicle, your load, and the number of stops you need to make. Save money by reducing fuel usage with less time wasted on out-of-route miles. In addition, you can enter up to 100 stops and CoPilot Truck will calculate the most efficient route by organizing the stops into the most logical order.

Resources
http://www.trucking.org/Cleaner_Tomorrow.aspx
http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/12/trucking-companies-going-green/
http://atri-online.org/sustainable-freight-practices-for-the-trucking-industry/
https://www.advanced.edu/tips-sustainable-trucking/
https://www.dieselforum.org/about-clean-diesel/trucking

Operation Safe Driver Week – What YOU can do to help

Today kicks off Operation Safe Driving Week in North America and we have compiled a few tips on how you can do your part improving road safety!

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, started Operation Safe Driver Week in 2014. Since it has started, the number of vehicles law enforcement have pulled over has gone down, speeding has decreased by 6.3% and this all results in less accidents on the road [source].

 

However, there is still one big piece that the CVSA wants to highlight to all driver’s that would help decrease the amount of accidents on the road for both commercial and passenger vehicles.

 

The single largest factor of traffic crashes are due to distracted driving. The CVSA shared that driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of private passenger-vehicle crashes. The main focus of Safe Driving Week is to educate all drivers on ways to improve road safety and that starts with managing or eliminating distractions while on the road.

 

So, how can you help?

Help defeat distracted driving and improve not only your safety on the road but also the other driver’s around you.

Here are some tips:

  • Adjust mirrors and lighting before entering the traffic flow. Maybe even before leaving your driveway.
  • Program directions into the GPS before putting your vehicle into gear.
  • Eat a healthy meal before you get on the road to avoid eating while driving.
  • Turn your cell phone off or put it on silent so it does not distract you while driving (Texting while driving had 23 times more the risk of being involved in an accident )

 

While we are only recognizing it this week, we hope that everyone practices every time you get on the road.

Latest North American Maps Available

Get your new map update now bringing you over 38,000 miles of roads and more than 600 new POIs. We are happy that we are offering our CoPilot users a free map update to ensure everyone has reliable offline maps wherever they are heading to.

How do I install a map update?

Make sure you have the latest update for your CoPilot app installed and make sure you have a strong WiFi connection. In CoPilot, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps. Then select your map region (e.g. North America) and download the map update when prompted. Find the full instructions here >

How do I check if I have the latest map data?

Go to Settings > About CoPilot. Here you will see the map data version number (2017.2). Find out more details here >

How do I manage my maps?

You can store maps directly on your device, but you don’t need to download all of the maps at once thanks to our intelligent map management. Once you’ve licensed a region such as  North America, you can manage which regions/countries, for example Midwest, you need maps for and save a lot of space on your device.

Map Coverage

You can find a complete list of all the countries included in our North American apps here >

*The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. 

What’s New in Apple’s iOS 11

Apple has launched iOS 11 and we had a closer look at some of the new features and changes (see our WWDC overview here >). Here’s what’s new:

Do Not Disturb While Driving

“Do Not Disturb While Driving” is a fantastic new feature from Apple that will enhance driver safety by blocking incoming calls, messages and notifications while you’re on the road. Our developers have been driving with the feature already and really liked it. It’s similar to the night time feature “Do Not Disturb” that is currently available under iOS 10. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and you will be able to choose from three options:

  1. Automatically: The “Do Not Disturb” feature will be activated once your device recognises that you’re travelling at a speed which would suggest you are driving or in a vehicle (this could also activate while you’re on a bus or in the passenger seat, so use with caution).
  2. While Connected to Car Bluetooth: “Do Not Disturb” will be enabled if you are pairing your device with a Bluetooth car stereo. This has the advantage that it won’t enable if you are a passenger in a car or using another form of transport.
  3. Manually: Lets you turn the feature on an off manually

Once “Do not disturb” is enabled, you will see a message notification on your Lock Screen or in your pull down notifications screen that says “You will not receive Notifications while you are driving”.

How does this affect your drive with CoPilot? Most drivers use their device with CoPilot in foreground. However, for those that use CoPilot in the background, you will still be able to get voice-guided navigation if you enable it within the app. Open CoPilot and go to Settings > Data & Battery > Battery Usage > Enable background voice instructions.

More Control Over Location Services

Users will now have more control over apps accessing their device’s location services. If you have an app that uses location service, you will get prompted to choose from three options: Always, While Using The App, or Never. The good news is that this doesn’t affect CoPilot (yeah!). We have already allowed users to select the option ‘While Using The App’ in the past, not like some other apps 🙂

Shiny New App Store

The App Store has a new look and feel under iOS 11. Open the App Store app and you will now see promoted in-app purchases for apps that offer them, a new “Today” section and promo texts.

Updated Control Center

Good news for all Control Center fans, iOS 11 will bring the option to customize its appearance. To personalize your UI experience, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Tip: Add the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” control to the Center so you can switch the feature on and off with less taps.

Improved Screenshot Tool

Press the power + home button  and you will see the screen flash and a sound (as usual). Then a small thumbnail preview of the screenshot will appear. Tap on it and you will be able to edit the screenshot (write, draw, crop). If you decide to edit itlater, you can still do so by going to your camera roll and choosing the Markup tool.

You want to try iOS 11 for yourself? Download the software update for your iPhone or iPad as follows:

  1. Make sure you have WiFi enabled and enough device space
  2. Go to Settings > General > Software Update
  3. Tap Download and Install

What’s New in Android Oreo

The next version of Android has been released and there are some neat changes in store for you. We had a look and here is what’s new:

Picture-in-Picture

This feature has been available on iOS for some time, so it was time Google stepped up its game. Android users can now keep a video playing (for example from Youtube) while performing other tasks on the phone (for example check your Facebook). Great news for all the multitaskers out there.

Notifications

Android Oreo brings more control for users over the app content in their notification panel. Additionally, you will now see “notification dots” attached to the app icon if there is a notable update.

New emojis

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Last but not least, Google (finally) said goodbye to the legendary blob faces and adopted the universal round Emoji faces. We sort of liked them although it was not always clear what the Emoji you sent actually meant, making chats more adventurous than they should be.

Background activities

Google has limited what apps can do while running in the background. The Android devs hope that this change will bring longer battery life and improved performance. No worries, this does not affect your CoPilot app.

So how can you get the new OS update? If you don’t have a Google Nexus or Pixel phone and you can’t wait to try out Android Oreo, don’t worry. Google has recently launched “Project Treble” which allows users of other manufacturers to adopt new Android OS updates faster. What do you think of Android Oreo?

Meet Your All New CoPilot Truck

Meet your all new CoPilot Truck. CoPilot Truck version 10 to be precise, and it’s a complete overhaul built specifically to meet the demands of you, the trucker. We’ve left no stone unturned to improve every detail of the app, from the driving screens and maps to the routing and menu options.  

CoPilot Truck is now safer, faster and easier to use:

  • Strikingly simpler to use. Menus are redesigned to put the tools you need on the road a tap away. Enjoy quick, easy access to search and planning tools, mute directions and end navigation
  • Transformed maps. CoPilot’s non-distracting maps are now lightning fast too, with pinch zoom, fluid map panning and scrolling.
  • Re-engineered ActiveTraffic. New, improved live traffic status sidebar, accurate ETAs that factor in live traffic conditions in planning and better re-routing around delays.
  • More efficient route planning. Now automatically view and compare 3 route options with accurate ETAs for every route. Effectively plan even the most complex itineraries.
  • Polished driver-friendly screens. Guidance screens are even clearer and easier to read and follow at a glance while driving.
  • Easier destination search. A new search screen makes it easier to find addresses, search truck services and millions of Points of Interest.
  • More prominent speed limit alerts warn truckers to help avoid costly tickets.
  • Now with even clearer truck warnings to keep you safe along the way

And much more, so jump in and explore. Share your experience with a review on the AppStore or PlayStore.