Traffic is Costing Truckers, Avoid the Jams with CoPilot Truck

According to the American Transport Research Institute’s study of the national highway system, truckers lost 728 million hours in delivery time to traffic jams in 2014.

 A missed or late delivery time ultimately means more costs and less money made.

Get accurate ETAs that factor in traffic so you know if you’re going to miss your delivery time and call ahead to alert them. The CoPilot Truck apps come with real-time traffic service to help you see what traffic is headed your way along your route so you can plan accordingly.

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With ActiveTraffic™ you’ll drive smarter while always having the fastest route plus more importantly, save time & money.

To renew or purchase a 12 month ActiveTraffic™ subscription at any time, please follow the steps below:

MyCoPilot > Features & Upgrades and select ActiveTraffic


CoPilot Truck Salutes America’s Veterans

We Salute All Veterans!

CoPilot Truck stands and proudly salutes the millions of American Veterans who have so bravely fought for our country. We thank our Veterans and their families for the sacrifices they’ve made and all they have done for American throughout history.

Veterans are all around us – you just may not recognize them without their uniforms. They’re among us as construction workers, engineers, and very commonly, truck drivers!

In fact, 32% of veterans between the ages of 45-54, as well as 31% between the ages of 55-64, are employed in the transportation industry. Just as they moved America forward during their time in the service, they continue to do so on roads and highways across the country, safely delivering essential goods for our daily lives.

CPT Veterans

Hiring our Heroes is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that helps veterans and transitioning service men and women find employment. Join us in donating to this meaningful foundation and help make a difference in the life of a veteran and their family.

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National Driver Appreciation Week!

It’s National Driver Appreciation Week and we’d like to thank the 3.4 million professional men and woman behind the wheel ensuring our goods are delivered safely and on time.

Over eighty percent of our communities solely depend on the delivery of these goods each and every day. We honor you as you keep moving America forward!

To celebrate we’re having a Truck Driver Appreciation Contest!

ENTER NOW on Facebook or Twitter to win our Premier CoPilot Truck Prize Pack.


Prize pack includes: a CoPilot Truck app for your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone or tablet, car charger, a portable phone charger and more!

Again thank you to all the drivers on the road and their families worldwide!

Check out our CoPilot Truck Tips:

Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Truck GPS

Best Tips for CoPilot Truck

CoPilot Truck Sale and GATS 2015!

Get CoPilot Truck for 33% Off!

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The key difference between truck-specific navigation compared to a driver using a consumer based app, is a consumer navigation app is going to route you thinking you are a small car while the CoPilot Truck app is taking into account vehicle dimensions and the load you are hauling.

So this does two things, it makes sure you are safe above all else and for example you’re not driving in a tunnel when you’re carrying hazmat materials or going under a low bridge where you can cause expensive vehicle damage and hurt yourself and others around you. Secondly, it’s going to keep you compliant on truck legal road that are designated specifically for your type of truck and restrict you based on any hazmat material you’re hauling.

CoPilot Truck is the only GPS app with industry standard PC*MILER routing for truckers. Sale price is for a limited time only-don’t miss out on connection to real-time ActiveTraffic™ and millions of truck specific POIs.

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Going to GATS 2015 this weekend? Come visit us for a chance to win a $150 CoPilot Truck app plus many more prizes at Booth #18158!

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Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Truck GPS

Display POIs along route

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see ONLY gas stations or Truck service POIs while you are driving? Well the good news is – with CoPilot Truck GPS App you can.

Here is how:

  1. Go to Settings and select Map Display
  2. Select “Show POIs on Map
  3. Set POIs on maps to “Always” and tap “Currently displayed POIs
  4. Select POIs you wish to see, for example “Diesel Exhaust Fluid” or “Parking”
  5. Enjoy – you can now see the POIs you want while you drive and easily find the nearest gas station on the route.

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Save battery power

Enable ‘Power Saving’ mode in CoPilot: The power saver mode under Settings > Power Saving updates the map screen display less frequently and in turn causes less drain on the battery. The trade-off is that your movement along the map will seem a little less smooth than normal, however this will significantly reduce battery consumption. You can switch to ‘Always use low power mode’ for optimum battery performance or automatically switch to low power when the battery drops to 30%.

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Manage your maps and save space

If you have downloaded maps of all of North America we’ve got some great news for you: you can cut down on some of that storage.

You don’t actually have to download ALL North America maps, but to save precious space on your mobile/ tablet, you can pick and choose just the maps you need.

For example, if you drive from Boston to Philadelphia you only need to download maps of Eastern US and if you drive from L.A. to Seattle you would only need Southwest and Northwest maps. After the trip you can delete the maps you don’t need, and enjoy the freed space. Just go to MyCoPilot > My Maps.

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Drive without distraction

We at CoPilot have always been advocates for safe use of technology while driving and we’ve specifically designed our CoPilot truck apps to be as non-distracting as possible. In addition, there are some other ways in which you can adjust your CoPilot Truck GPS App to maximize safety and minimize distraction.

  1. Plan your route before you go
  2. Use the Motion Lock feature under Settings > Motion Lock
  3. Pull over if your route changes
  4. Use ActiveTraffic™ to avoid delays on-route
  5. Customize your route
  6. Use a dash or windshield mount
  7. Know your vehicle’s restrictions
  8. Make sure you are using offline maps
  9. Get rid of screen clutter
  10. Plug your phone into a charger
  11. Resist the urge to fiddle with the device

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The Best Tips For Your CoPilot Truck – Part 1

Customize your truck routing

Professional drivers know that taking the wrong route can compromise efficiency and safety. CoPilot Truck is truck-specific GPS navigation designed to provide safe and reliable routing on truck-legal roads.

Unlike standard car navigation systems, it calculates efficient routes based on the vehicle profile information, routing parameters and load type, with additional settings for the transportation of hazardous materials.

Here is how you can customize your truck routing:

1. To set up your Truck Routing Profile, tap Route > Truck Routing Profile


2. You can select from a list of industry standard vehicle dimensions or use the ‘Custom size restrictions’ option to enter the Max Height, Max Width, Total Length and Total Weight of your truck.


3. CoPilot Truck routing can also take into account the transportation of hazardous materials. Select one or all from the following categories:

    • Explosives
    • Flammable
    • Harmful to water


4. You can choose whether or not to display truck restrictions on the map.

5. Choose to UseAvoid if Possible or Always Avoid toll roads along your route


6. You can also customize roads and speeds by choosing to Avoid or Favor the following road types:

    1. Motorways
    2. Dual Carriageways
    3. Primary roads
    4. Secondary roads
    5. Local streets

7. Choose whether or not to display truck warnings of known potential hazards on your route.

CoPilot Truck Update is here with new maps and 12 months free ActiveTraffic™!

New update, new maps! The latest version of  CoPilot Truck for USA + CAN is now available for Android and iOS via iTunes and Google Play.

How to update your maps> 


But wait, it doesn’t end there! We are also offering 12 months free ActiveTraffic™ service for our new and existing users. It’s one of the truck driver’s “must-haves” and  gives you the ability to battle traffic head on and find the fastest, most optimal route no matter how crowded the roads are. Not being stuck in traffic means you’ll save time AND gas! Find out more>

  • Free North America map update* featuring up-to-date truck-specific attributes & POIs.  Go to MyCoPilot > My Maps to get it!
  • 12 months free ActiveTraffic™ service to help you save valuable time and money. Go to MyCoPilot > Features & Upgrades to activate **

For iOS users: we‘re now compatible with the new iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus, and we have fixed iPad landscape keyboard issue. We’ve also added the ability to navigate straight to your Favorites directly from the Notification Center.

For Android users: You can now save your maps to your SD card if you have KitKat or above***. Find out more>

RELATED: How To Install App Update

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

**ActiveTraffic provides traffic information about current road conditions for all  road users. It is not a truck specific service

***Available for certain devices running 4.4 KitKat or above

The traffic of two cities – Seattle vs Boston

Super Bowl Sunday is here and while we can’t predict the game winner, we can tell you which city’s residents are winning the ever-important, Traffic Bowl.

Stats taken from the INRIX scorecard and city censuses give us our results. (Note: Yes, technically the Patriots play in Foxborough but we wanted it to be a fair fight so Boston it is!)


Average Commute:

Seattle: 25.4 min

Boston: 28.8 min

Car Transport to Work- means more cars on the road and more time in traffic

Seattle: 52%

Boston: 38%

Time in traffic:

Seattle: 37 hours (up 2 hours from 2012)

Boston:  38 hours (up 7 hours from 2012)

Worst Corridor Delay:

Seattle: I-5 SB    From130th St/Exit 174   to Union St/Exit 165- 95 hours delay

Boston: I-93 NB From MA-37/Granite St/Exit 6 to Columbia Rd/Exit 15- 94 hours delay

Increase in traffic from 2012:

Seattle: 7%

Boston: 22%

 Winner: Seattle


Boston’s traffic went up a total of 7 hours this year increasing their total travel time by 18%. Drivers in Seattle are getting to work faster even with all that annoying rain and not enough people taking public transportation.

So we’re calling it for Seattle this year…based purely on traffic.

Safe travels this Sunday,

Team CoPilot

Forgotten car charger is not the end of the world with CoPilot

GPS navigation apps use almost every function of your smartphone or tablet. They employ your GPS receiver, processor, graphics processor, data connection, screen and sound to safely guide you to your destination. This can result in reduced battery life if you don’t have your charger with you.

To extend battery life and let you navigate for longer, CoPilot has a Power Saving Mode. When activated, this setting reduces the need to refresh your map as often, resulting in less power used and longer battery life. It’s perfect for long distance travel when your next turn isn’t for 100 miles.

One of the key benefits of CoPilot is the ability to customize the app to suit your own preferences. A good example of that is our Power Saving Mode.

In Power Saving you can choose, quite simple, how frequently the map refreshes. By reducing the amount and the frequency with which the map refreshes, you can actually reduce battery life substantially. This is really important if you’ve left your car charger behind.

Saving maps to SD card – Now for Android users


Good news to our Android audience – You can now save maps to your SD card to keep from using the memory on your device.

RELATED: CoPilot USA & Canada Maps – Free & Offline

In order to enable the SD card feature in CoPilot, please do the following which will both enable the external map download and back up any saved trips/routes:

First – save your Favorites and recent trips:

  • Connect your device to a computer and access the following folder com.alk.copilot > EU (or NA, SA, ME depending upon your map region).
  • Copy the Favorites.lst and Recent.lst files to your computer desktop.
  • Disconnect device from computer.

If you backed up your favourites and recent destinations as described above before uninstalling the software, you will be able to restore them by once again connecting your device to a computer, and copying the backed-up Favourites.lst and Recent.lst files from your desktop to the com.alk.copilot > EU (or NA, SA, ME depending upon your map region) folder.

Then – download your maps again.

  • First you’ll need to connect your device to a computer and access the following folder: com.alk.copilot and then your licensed region (NA, EU, ME, etc).
  • Delete the maps from your internal memory and re-download them. Once you do, the SD card feature should now be enabled.

As always, we strongly recommend downloading your required map regions via Wi-Fi. Before you start, please make sure you have Wi-Fi switched on and are connected to a network with a good signal. You can also download maps via 3G/4G, although this may incur data charges from your mobile provider.

This feature is available on certain devices only and requires Android 4.4 KitKat or above.

For more information on this feature and information on how to transfer maps, Recents and Favorites check out our copilot support forum.