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

New Map Update for Europe Available Now

Get your new map update now bringing you over 570,000 miles of roads and 640,000 new POIs across Europe. We are happy that we are offering our CoPilot users a free European map update to ensure everyone has reliable offline maps wherever they are heading to this summer*.

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. Europe) 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 (2017.01). Find out more details here >

How do I manage my maps?

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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 Europe, you can manage which regions/countries, for example UK & Ireland, 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 European apps here >

*The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. Due to the increasing size of our Europe maps, we had to remove Turkey and Russia from our Europe map region. However, if you have a licence for European maps, Turkey and Russia continue to be available as an individual map region that can be used in conjunction with Europe.

On the Move This Summer – Part 2

Need a map that fits your phone?

So he made sure to download the UK, France and Iberia maps. With CoPilot Caravan they’ll never lose reception plus they can save more money for their adventures instead of a big data bill.

You may be asking yourself, so it’s a nice trip – what’s different here?

Safe, reliable routing is a must-have for campers

Joe and his wife have used other sat-nav apps before but ran into the problem no camper ever wants to have…being routed down a road that is not safe for a caravan or motorhome. It does happen, but it should never happen to you.

How does Joe avoid this? He simply enters the vehicle dimensions into CoPilot Caravan and creates a routing profile specific to his vehicle. Wait, you can put in your exact weight, height and length in CoPilot Caravan? Yep. And you won’t be routed down an unsafe road? Yep.

Every trip you take is a journey and with all the planning – the journey will soon become your destination. Enjoy the adventures, appreciate the time with your family and by the end of it…you’ll be planning the next one. Get CoPilot Caravan and start your next journey!

See part 1 here >

Every Trip Is a Journey – Part 2

Can you walk the walk?

When you are in Ireland, you might want to get outside and take a look around the beautiful scenery. But how do you get around? Walking mode on CoPilot will navigate you even without a car. Tom used the walking mode at least 3 or 4 times to stay on track and not get lost on a Dublin side street after a visit to the Guinness brewery.

So you may be asking yourself: who won the super traveller award?

Tom came in first place by saving the trip with reliable navigation. The drivers of the other cars asked Tom how to get CoPilot on their smartphones so the downloads began at the next good WiFi spot (good WiFi is hard to find).

Every trip you take is a journey and with all the planning – the journey will soon become your destination. Enjoy the adventures, appreciate the time with your family and by the end of it…you’ll be planning the next one. Get CoPilot and start your next journey!

See part 1 here >

On the Move This Summer – Part 1

Joe and his family will make their way from London all the way to Portugal’s Algarve, through France and Spain. Sounds like an awesome trip, right?

Trip planning: Where to go?


The one thing they’ve made sure to take care of before leaving is planning their entire trip. All their stops, all their adventures, pre-planned. Wait, you can plan the most epic journey of all time with over 50 stops in ONE app? Yep.

Easily change your route for a well-deserved break from behind the wheel

You might be thinking: What if Joe needs to find a place to rest sooner than the one they planned? Let’s be honest, there are times you need a little break. Well, you can easily find campsites and places to refuel yourself.  This way, the kids won’t be cranky and everyone will stay happy.

Alright…back to the trip planning.

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Not only did Joe plug in all their stops but he definitely doesn’t want to get lost when the mobile signal gets spotty. Stay tuned to find out how the journey continued….

 

Every Trip Is a Journey – Part 1

Meet Tom. He just returned from a wonderful 2 week trip in Ireland. With 4 rental cars and 10 people – I mean come on, who doesn’t love a family vacation?

Trip planning: Where to go?

Tom used CoPilot for 18 trips to different destinations across the country. These trips included finding typical rural towns throughout his journey, provided Tom spelled them correctly. With CoPilot he just had to type in the name of the place and the city…it’s that easy.

All of the tech savvy people had their own navigation system so they could show it off and win the super traveller award but Tom kept a low profile.  After a few trips to places like the Blue Stack mountains, the bad routes from the first car using an alternative sat-nav app (you know the one that uses WiFi and rhymes with “Oogle”)  brought everyone to a screeching halt.  

This is when things got interesting…group1

His brother-in-law got kicked out of the first car and had to walk along the edge of a cliff to Tom’s car. He asked Tom to swap with him in the front car and told Tom to bring his phone with CoPilot.  I think it’s safe to say, the previously mentioned sat-nav app was not working. Driving in and out of mobile signals only leads to one thing – you get lost! With CoPilot, Tom knew he would be safe with offline navigation for the rest of the trip. Stay tuned to find out how the journey continued….

Brexit & Beyond – What’s in Store for the UK Trucking Industry?

It’s been over a year that the British public voted to exit the European Union. The Brexit negotiations have started and every business up and down the country discusses the effects and risks. The road transportation sector is no exception.
The Department of Transport reports that from June 2015 to June 2016 UK HGVs lifted a total of 7.8 million tonnes of goods. Of them 3.8 million tonnes were exports and 3.9 million tonnes were imports to or from the UK. Not only are the international freight numbers impressive, the UK road haulage industry employs around 290,000 peopleThe British road transport sector is a vital part of the economy not only in terms of GDP and employment, but also in providing goods to consumers. So how could Brexit affect the road haulage sector?

The Good

Where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Although trade with the EU27 will likely undergo a period of volatility, the current government is fostering ties with markets outside of the EU. New bilateral trade agreements could increase trade with the US, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Additionally, there is a potential that regulations agreed in the past would be re-visited once the UK has exited the EU. This new autonomy could mean that the industry bodies could have more influence in UK legislation than in the past.

The Bad

If the UK will leave the free market, new tariffs and customs taxes could affect international trade with Europe. “In land transport, 99% of international road freight for the UK is to and from the other EU27 nations. As a result, any new tariffs and concurrent trade slowdown could present significant risks to both sea and land transport operations.” (Source)
Leaving the EU would mean there would new laws affecting the UK from the outside. What could that imply in practice? For example: Longer procedures on borders causing delays, UK supply chain companies having a disadvantage compared to their EU rivals when it comes to European trade.
The transportation sector does not exist in a vacuum and macroeconomic developments affect it. The Brexit decision has weakened the pound, increased inflation and dampened consumer confidence. The cost of imports has increased, consumers have shut their wallets and companies invest less due to the economic uncertainty. These developments could have a negative knock-on effect on the transport industry. UK trucking companies will be less likely to invest in long-term projects in times of unpredictability. Less trade with EU member states means less jobs for UK supply chain providers, etc…

The Ugly

The main point of contention when it comes to Brexit and the UK trucking industry, is the potential driver shortage due to stricter immigration policies: “The hardest hit of all the transportation sectors would be trucking, where an acute shortage of UK drivers is being worsened by the prospects of an ageing workforce. Trucking relies heavily on drivers from the EU; truck owners are simply not able to recruit enough British drivers to keep pace with demand. Of the 290,000 drivers of heavy goods vehicles in the UK, approximately 60,000 are from the EU. Any reduction of the sector’s recruitment options will compromise its ability to serve the economy. Any reduction in supply will raise trucking costs for manufacturers.” (Source)
How do you think Brexit will change the UK trucking industry? Do you see any effects already? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
Resources:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/582896/road-freight-stats-july-2015-to-june-2016.pdf
http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7633/CBP-7633.pdf
https://www.willis.com/Documents/Publications/Services/International/2017/Brexit%20impact%20on%20transportation%20industry%20report.pdf
http://www.axa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Newsroom/Media_Resources/Reports_and_Publications/PDF_files/The%20Future%20of%20Driverless%20Haulage(1).pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489894/tsgb-2015.pdf

 

Download CoPilot GPS Now for a Chance to Win

The journey is the destination this summer! Download CoPilot GPS now for a chance to win a great prize for your travels: A summer travel pack including a travel hammock, car mount and CoPilot app of your choice.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download CoPilot GPS from the App Store or Google Play Store
  2. Make sure to create a CoPilot ID to enter the prize draw
  3. Like and share the contest with your friends and family through CoPilot Facebook or CoPilot Twitter

The sweepstake closes on 31st July 2017 and the winner will be announced later on the CoPilot Facebook page and CoPilot Twitter. Remember to like or follow to check if you have won. You can find the full Terms and Conditions here >

Good luck!

Just released: New driver-friendly menus, re-designed landscape view & more

The good stuff stays the same but this update brings you improvements based on what is most important to drivers. Things like a new driver-friendly menu for easy tapping and the map zoom buttons, heard that was an important one for our iOS users so we brought them back. Oh, and for all our landscape users, you’ll now see a larger map. Find out what’s in it for you:

New Driver-Friendly Menus

We want to make it easy for drivers to access all the tools they need on the road. That’s why we have created larger, driver-friendly buttons in the menus for easy tapping.

Re-designed Landscape View

We know that 52% of drivers use their navigation app in landscape view. We heard from you that you would like to see more of the map when using CoPilot in landscape view, so we did just that. . With the newest app update you’ll now see a larger map view with directions & ETAs back where you like them.

Split Screen Display for Tablets

Are you an iPad or Android tablet user? We have great news for you: The new split screen now shows a 3D or 2D map view with directions for clearer guidance. Simply tap on the menu and choose “Split Screen” to try it out.

 Zoom Buttons

The map zoom buttons are back for iOS! After popular request we re-introduced the plus/minus zoom buttons for easy adjustment of your navigation view. You will find the zoom buttons on the lower left side of the screen so zoom-in and take a closer look.

Search for Places Easily

We have tweaked the search screen so you can find the places you need more easily. Look for an address by tapping on the “Address” field, search for petrol stations, parking or other POIs, find places online or navigate to one of your contacts or a specific coordinate. Additionally, you can add your home and work address and navigate to your favourites.

Accurate Traffic

With our new smarter traffic updates we’ll frequently check for delays up ahead and further away so you know about changing conditions more quickly. Find out more >

To get the app update, open your App Store or Google PlayStore, find your CoPilot app and install the update. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide >