CoPilot Tips & Tricks III – Customise CoPilot

We know that every driver is different. Whether you are a daily commuter, motorhome adventurer or long-distance driver, with CoPilot you can personalise the app to fit your needs. Since the first version of CoPilot in 1997 (!), we have developed CoPilot so you can adapt the app to your needs. We are in good company when it comes to the trend towards software personalisation as both Google and Apple have jumped on the bandwagon. Find out how you can customise your CoPilot:

How can I customise my CoPilot?

To start, head to the Settings menu. You will see the following options:

  • Map Display & Guidance: In this menu you can personalise the location info display, POI display (for example if you want to see all petrol stations on the map), zoom and rotation of the map, turn restrictions display and settings regarding ClearTurn and turn warnings.
  • Vehicle Routing Profiles: Create and name your own routing profile depending on your vehicle. You drive a car during the week and a motorcycle on the weekends? No problem with CoPilot: Easily switch between different profiles and customise routing settings for quickest/shortest route, congestion zone warnings, toll roads, ferries and overall road preference.
  • Safety Alerts & Warnings: Head here to set your speed limit warnings and activate safety camera alerts. Say goodbye to fines!
  • ActiveTraffic™: Who wants to be stuck in traffic? Enable ActiveTraffic™ and display the traffic bar to know about road congestion in advance and get automatically rerouted if there is a traffic jam ahead. Find out more here >
  • Regional & Voices: With CoPilot you won’t need to do any mental gymnastics to calculate your distance to destination in kilometres or wonder how much a 30km/h speed limit is in mph. Set your units to metric or imperial in this menu and feel confident the next time you drive on the continent. Additionally, you can use CoPilot in 32 (!) languages, so next time you want to brush up on your Spanish skills, head here 🙂
  • Styles: We know you have your own style, so you need a map that fits you. Choose between eleven dark or light map styles and customise your day and night interface.
  • Sound: You want to listen to music during your drive? Personalise your sound settings in this menu.
  • Data & Battery: We give you full control over how/if CoPilot uses data and your battery. You are heading to the USA and want to make sure CoPilot does not use data? Additionally to your device settings, you can de-activate cellular data usage directly in CoPilot or decide if the app should use low power mode.

Have questions? Get more information about customisation in CoPilot in our FAQs.

CoPilot Tips & Tricks II – Multi-Stop Trip Planning

Autumn and winter can be busy periods for drivers: The kids are back at school and need to be picked up from their sports or music lessons. Christmas is looming on the horizon and so is the inevitable shopping spree. The Christmas timeis a well-deserved break to visit relatives or go on a small city adventure.

How do you find the best route to your destination when you have many stops on your way? With CoPilot’s multi-stop trip planning tools you can add up to 100 stops to your route and CoPilot will calculate the best route. Here’s how it works:

How to plan a multi-stop trip?



First, add all your stops (yellow dots) and final destination (red dot) by using the Plan menu and tapping Add Stop. You can use any of CoPilot’s search tools to find the correct address:

  • Home or Work
  • Address
  • POIs (such as petrol stations, banks, parking, shopping centres,…)
  • Recents
  • Favourites
  • Search Online

Once you have found the right stop, add it to your route with the blue plus sign. CoPilot lets you calculate routes with up to 100 stops (!).

How to bring your stops in the best order?

 

Now that you have added all your stops, tap the three dots menu on the upper right hand corner. Choose Optimise Stops to arrange the stops in the best order. You can choose if you want to include your final destination or not. If your final destination is your home or work for example, we recommend you do not include it in the optimisation. Select Calculate and you’re all set.

You want to find out more about trip planning? Check out this handy video tutorial:

CoPilot Tips & Tricks I – Traffic

You know the feeling: You need to be at your meeting in 30 minutes but you’re stuck in traffic. You are tired after a long day at work and your drive home is turning into a commuter nightmare. Perhaps you want to go for a long weekend trip to France, but one million other drivers had the same idea.

With CoPilot’s ActiveTraffic™ real-time service, you can see road congestion on your route ahead of time and automatically receive an alternative route to get to your destination on time. Here is how you can make the most of ActiveTraffic™:

How to get ActiveTraffic™?

If you are a CoPilot GPS user (grey app icon) you can test drive ActiveTraffic™ for 7 days for free within your trial period. Great news if you have purchased one of our CoPilot or CoPilot Caravan apps, you get 1 year traffic information for free. To buy or extend your ActiveTraffic™ for another year, go to the Main Menu > Store and tap on ActiveTraffic™Sign in with your Apple ID/Touch ID/Google ID. Make sure that your payment information is correctly set up in iTunes or Google Play. Once you confirm the purchase, you will see a green checkmark  next to the feature.

How to activate the feature?

Before getting behind the wheel, make sure to activate traffic by going to Settings > ActiveTraffic™ and tap Enable Traffic Service. We also recommend to activate Display Traffic Bar so you can see congestion on your route ahead of time. Please note that although CoPilot allows offline navigation, our traffic service requires a data connection to update you in real time. You can find out more about average data usage in our FAQ.

Driving with ActiveTraffic™

You have activated your ActiveTraffic™, now it’s time to hit the road. Once you have planned a route and you’re ready to go, ActiveTraffic provides you with a traffic bar on your screen to show the traffic along your route in a way that you can understand. Plus, you’ve got the most accurate ETA with real-time information for your drive.

Before you hit the road, make sure to check the traffic map by tapping on the traffic bar. The map will outline your route, show you the traffic nearby and display your current delay. If the route is looking too congested for your liking, just tap the Alternate Route option at the bottom of the screen. Incident reports let you know about detours, closed roads and other events as you drive.

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Get traffic alerts with a faster alternate route option if it’s available.

If you have further questions about ActiveTraffic™, please visit our website or our FAQ. Happy travels!

 

Christmas Contest 2017

Stay safe this winter: Enter our contest now for a chance to win a winter car kit plus a CoPilot car or caravan 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.

Travel Tips With ActiveTraffic

Being stuck in traffic is never fun, especially when it’s Friday. Before hitting the road, you might want to read this. Sitting in traffic can be so frustrating (just try not to imagine all the ways you could better spend that time) and can even burn a hole in your pocket with fuel costs. According to inrix.com, commuters in the UK spend 30 hours per year sat in traffic. London drivers are even worse off, spending 73.4 hours per year in the infamous London traffic jams. London is the second most congested city in all of Europe. If that makes you throw your hands up in despair, you’re not alone. We feel your pain.

Did you know our ActiveTraffic service is one of our most popular features in CoPilot?

Here’s why:

1.Not being stuck in traffic means you’ll save time AND petrol – great for your wallet.

2. Whether commuting to work, running an errand or on a weekend getaway, you’ll appreciate a stress free trip with a lot less time spent on the road and more time spent at your destination.

3. Right now, it costs less than a gallon of petrol to keep your sanity and avoid the traffic chaos.

Our ActiveTraffic service is 50% off for Black Friday. This is our low, lower, lowest price of the year – can this get any better?

Get it today, learn more here >

Fuel Efficient Trucking 101

The National Statistics Office reports that 24% of UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from transportation. Transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the UK, just behind energy supply. More specifically, trucks contribute to 5.28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. But since the trucking industry is a vital backbone of the UK economy, how can we reduce emissions, whilst continuing to move the industry forward and save costs for truckers and trucking companies?

Emissions generated by the trucking industry are not just an environmental concern: fuel efficiency also saves hard-earned money. In an industry where profit margins are getting ever smaller, every diesel drop 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 money.

From Theory To Practice

Enough with the grey theory….how can we put increased fuel efficiency into practice? Big companies as diverse as Coca Cola 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 modelling. Another aspect is engine efficiency and using filters to reduce emissions. So-called platooning is also being trialled in the UK at the moment to increase sustainability in the trucking sector:

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 minimise idling time, to further decrease fuel consumption. And finally, plan efficient routes with dedicated truck-specific sat-nav to limit out-of-route mileage.

How Can CoPilot Truck Increase Your Fuel Efficiency?

CoPilot Truck allows you to plan trips that are optimised 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 organising 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

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 customise its appearance. To personalise your UI experience, go to Settings > Control Center > Customise 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 TruckCoPilot Truck version 10 to be precise, and it’s a complete overhaul built specifically to meet the demands of you, the truck driver. 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 & safety camera 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. We hope you enjoy your new CoPilot. Share your experience with a review on the AppStore or PlayStore.

Safe, Safer, Safest – Innovations in Truck Safety


In the last few years, the trucking industry has undergone some serious changes: From the emergence of electric trucks (see Mercedes, Tesla) to the digitalisation of the truck cabin. But what about innovations when it comes to safety?

In the UK, there were 1708 bridge strikes in 2013/2014. According to Network Rail, this is a 9.9% increase compared to the previous year. When it comes to road accidents involving trucks, the numbers aren’t much better. A 2013 study in the UK reported that,

“More than half of fatal accidents on motorways involve HGVs, despite HGVs only making up 10% of the traffic on motorways” (Source)

Needless to say, truck safety is a vital issue for truckers and road users in general. So, what are some of the innovations that can help improve road safety?

I Spy With My Little Eye

One of the biggest safety concerns for truck drivers are blind spots. The most obvious help for a driver’s visibility are the good old mirrors. For increased safety, drivers should install the full set of mirrors including front projection mirror, side close proximity mirror, wide angle rear view mirror and of course the plain rear view mirror. Additionally, truck drivers can use blind spot detection systems. Ultrasonic sensors can detect obstacles in the rear, front corner or side of the vehicle and warn with an alarm. Plus, there are side view and 360 degree cameras that provide the driver with visibility when reversing or performing a difficult turn. Some manufacturers have gone a step further and trialled a rear screen that helps car drivers overtake trucks. Samsung has shown how technology can help all road users:

Driver Controls

What are some of the safety systems the big truck manufacturers have been integrating into their vehicles? Thanks to advanced camera, GPS, radar and sensor technology, truck drivers can take advantage of a variety of systems to help them arrive safely.

Cruise control anticipates the road and vehicle traffic ahead; Lane departure warnings alert the driver if there is an unintended lane change; Vehicle stability systems help keep the truck in balance in case of a sharp turn; Advanced braking warns the driver if there is an obstacle ahead and will brake if the limit is exceeded.

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

We’ve come a long way since paper maps. Since the emergence of PCs in the 90s and mobile devices on the 00s, fleet management and trucking has changed significantly. The humble paper map has been replaced by mobile devices that not only show you a map but give you instructions, warnings and optimised routes.

Mobile truck-specific navigation apps have been available for many years now, but some drivers still use satellite navigation that is not suitable for larger vehicles. The danger? Directions from a car sat-nav will route you down narrow roads or bridges that are truck-restricted. The best case is a hefty fine, the worst case an accident with vehicle damage or even injury. So make sure you are using navigation and routing suitable for commercial vehicles.

Drive safely 🙂

Resources
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/21-10-2013-lorry-fatalities-research
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/safer-trucks
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/understanding-direct-and-direct-vision-from-hgvs-summary.pdf
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/21-10-2013-lorry-fatalities-research
http://www.orsa.org.uk/facts-and-figures/crash-and-casualty-data/
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/556396/rrcgb2015-01.pdf