Helpful Hint: A Way Out Of Any Traffic Jam

active traffic mapPowered by INRIX real-time traffic information, ActiveTraffic™ gives CoPilot users the ability to battle traffic head on with information on the fastest, most efficient routes. Drivers will save time and use less gas, which means saving money! Whether commuting to work, running an errand or on a weekend getaway, every driver will appreciate a stress free trip with less time spent in traffic. Find out how to get your ActiveTraffic here.

 

 Before you head out on the road, make sure to check the ActiveTraffic map. The map will outline your route, show you the traffic nearby and display your current delay. If you think you may want to try your luck on a different course, just tap the Alternate Route option at the bottom of the screen.

 Want to learn all the ways this feature can help you navigate? Check out our video:

 

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Extended SALE! – Get 10% off CoPilot apps until August 11

We want to give you a little more time to travel with us this summer. We’re extending our sale to August 11 so hurry and download CoPilot and get 10% off selected apps!

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You’ve also still got time to get savings in your CoPilot GPS, with 10% off in-app map upgrades†. To get additional map regions, tap MyCoPilot > Features & Upgrades.

 

† Requires upgrade to full voice-guided navigation first

CoPilot in the News: July

We’ve had a fantastic start to summer and this July, we brought you sales and sweepstakes to thank you for all of the great feedback and support! Don’t forget to enter to win a Nokia Lumia 520 and get 10% off selected CoPilot apps.

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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Download Now: The Best Apps for Your Next Road Trip by Jennifer M. Wood

“A few good reasons to pony up the $9.99 for CoPilot Live ($9.99; iOSAndroid) instead of relying on Google Maps: You’ll score the usual (voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions that account for real-time traffic conditions), plus enjoy offline maps and navigation for when cell service is spotty.”

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5 Cheap GPS Alternatives by Donna Fuscaldo

“But CoPilot isn’t only about offline maps: Users also get one year of real time traffic service and quarterly and monthly free map updates. CoPilot also provides detailed voice directions, pre-trip planning and a route calculator and lets you navigate to an address in your contacts.”

 

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CoPilot Summer Sweepstakes: Enter for your chance to win a Lumia 520!

CoPilot fans, we’re sure you’ve heard the news that we are now supported on Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8! To celebrate being a part of WP8 and our newest update, we’d like to give our users some prizes!

 

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CoPilot Summer Sweepstakes – time to #switch?

 

Enter NOW for to win a CoPilot-ready Lumia 520 or one of our 14 CoPilot mobile navigation apps for iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8 – one app for every day of the contest!

 

CoPilot app winner(s) will be selected weekly via random drawing and the grand prize winner will be selected randomly among all the people who participated in contest which runs July 28 until August 10.

 

Competition winners will be announced on the CoPilot Facebook page, Google+ and Twitter – so remember to like or follow to see if you’re the lucky winner!

 

 

 How to enter:

 

 Twitter:

  • Tweet the following in Twitter  & Follow us @copilotlive_us to check if you have won:

Facebook:

 

  • Visit the CoPilot Live Facebook page to enter the competition
  • Fill out the competition form in Facebook for a chance to win
  • Tell your friends to play too – navigation app winners will be selected weekly!
  • We will be announcing weekly and grand prize winner(s) on our Facebook & G+ page – make sure to “like” us (or add us in your circle) to check if you have won.

 

Google +, using mobile or no social accounts?

 

Enter the competition here.

 

Good luck!

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!

 

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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 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!

Developer’s Perspective – Bringing CoPilot to Windows Phone 8

 

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By Rob Irving, Senior Software Developer

 

 

For the past 5+ years as an ALK developer I’ve watched the smartphone ecosystem change at an incredible pace. CoPilot first began over 10 years ago on the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platforms. Years later we were able to move to iOS and Android as those platforms expanded the Smartphone consumer market. The release of Windows Phone 7 really excited me, but limitations of the SDK prevented ALK from being able to develop a CoPilot application for the platform. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to support the platform, but we wanted to make sure we would have been able to create an experience worthy of the CoPilot name.

 

That’s why I was so excited when Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 SDK that would allow native app development. From that moment forward, we began initial plans to bring CoPilot to the Windows Phone 8 platform.

 

Microsoft publicly released the Windows Phone 8 SDK at their Build 2012 conference last October – right around the same time that the east coast had been hit by hurricane Sandy. My community didn’t suffer as much as many others did in New Jersey, only experiencing a few downed trees during the storm. Unfortunately, ALK’s HQ in Princeton was badly affected and many of us had to work remotely for a few days. This actually gave me the chance to devote time to install the Windows Phone developer tools and study the SDK documentation in detail. I started working to bring CoPilot to life on this exciting new platform for us.

 

lumia920_large_verge_medium_landscape_wMenuNow after 6+ months of late nights coding, and extensive testing on some great Windows Phones such as the Lumia 920, I and the rest of the ALK dev team are pleased and proud to see CoPilot become available to all Windows Phone 8 users on the Windows Phone store.

 

So what’s next?

The CoPilot development team are extremely passionate about the products we work on, and we always take note of the feedback we receive from our customers through the app stores, social networks and of course our support forum. Now that we are up and running on WP8 rest assured that we will work continuously to improve the app, so if you have any suggestions or comments please let us know.

 

I hope you enjoy CoPilot on Windows Phone 8. I certainly enjoyed the challenge of supporting this new OS for CoPilot.

 

The CoPilot support forum is found at: http://forum.copilotgps.com/.