It’s been over 10 since we first opened our CoPilot Europe office back in 2003, and we’ve been based in the same building in Bloomsbury Square ever since.
From small beginnings (initially with a team of just 5), CoPilot has grown dramatically – both in terms of the team and of course the number of consumer and professional drivers we are guiding every day.
Over the years we’ve moved around our current building, taking on additional space as the business has grown, but now it’s time to move to a bigger and better home.
Bye, Bye Bloomsbury, Hello City!
From June, we’ll be swapping Bloomsbury for the City with a new base in Farringdon, giving us the space and facilities to best serve our customers and take CoPilot forward as the mobile navigation market grows.
But as we pack-up ready for the big move, here’s a reminder of some of the CoPilot Bloomsbury landmarks:
2003: ALK Technologies Europe opens office in Bloomsbury Square
- 2004: early beginnings selling PDA + CoPilot bundles through Tottenham Court Road dealers and online retailers. BMW launches branded sat nav PDA with CoPilot
- 2005: Motorola launches the A780, the world’s first smartphone with integrated GPS, a car kit and CoPilot pre-installed. We win Microsoft’s worldwide mobility partner of the year.
- 2006: CoPilot launches at T-Mobile UK, offered free with a phone
- 2007: CoPilot launches at O2 UK, pre-installed with the XDA Orbit
- 2008: CoPilot pre-installed on HTC Windows Mobile devices throughout Europe. Royal Mail chooses CoPilot in the world’s largest ever commercial sat nav deployment
- 2009: CoPilot launched on Android and iPhone. Becomes UK’s highest grossing iOS app of the year after just 6 months.
- 2010: CoPilot selected by The AA as navigation partner for AA Sat Nav
- 2011: CoPilot version 9 platform launched. CoPilot selected by BMW for BMW Link app project.
- 2012: CoPilot GPS app launches with 1m downloads within 60 days. ALK wins Honeywell ISV Partner of the Year. CoPilot is selected by Renault for it’s Twingo app project
- 2013: ALK becomes part of Trimble Navigation Inc. ALK wins Motorola European Solutions Provider of the Year. CoPilot GPS exceeds 4.5m downloads and CoPilot for Windows Phone 8 announced.
Thanks Bloomsbury, you’ve been fantastic and we’ve many happy memories as the business has evolved. Now for the next decade in the CoPilot story …