CoPilot Truck Has a New Home

We’re proud to announce the launch of www.copilottruck.com – our brand new North American website completely dedicated to everything CoPilot Truck!

 

Here you’ll find how CoPilot Truck navigation works for fleets of all sizes, integration partners, and individual drivers.  Gain insight into our back-office enterprise fleet management tools, read up on commercial navigation best practices, and dive into our in-cab navigation features. Don’t forget to check out the resource library that includes training videos and in-depth feature sheets.

 

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Fuel Efficient Trucking 101

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that,

​”Twenty-seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from transportation. Transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, just behind electricity. Between 1990 and 2015, GHG emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.” Source

More specifically, medium and heavy duty trucks contribute to 6.21% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US. But since the trucking industry is a vital backbone of the US economy, how can we reduce emissions, while continuing to move the industry forward and save costs for truckers?

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

From Theory To Practice

Enough with the gray theory….how can we put increased fuel efficiency into practice? Big companies as diverse as Walmart 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 modeling. Another aspect is engine efficiency and using filters to reduce emissions.

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

How Can CoPilot Truck Increase Your Fuel Efficiency?

CoPilot Truck allows you to plan trips that are optimized 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 organizing 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

Meet Your All New CoPilot Truck

Meet your all new CoPilot Truck. CoPilot Truck version 10 to be precise, and it’s a complete overhaul built specifically to meet the demands of you, the trucker. 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 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. 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 digitalization of the truck cabin. But what about innovations when it comes to safety?

In the US, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported a staggering number of 4,209 bridge strikes in 2014. The FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) statistic shows that,

“There were 11.2 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2015, a 6-percent increase from 2010” (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, truckers 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:

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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, truckers 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 optimized routes.

Mobile truck-specific navigation apps have been available for many years now, but some drivers still use GPS navigation that is not suitable for larger vehicles. The danger? Directions from a car GPS 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

Test Drive The New CoPilot Truck GPS App For iOS

Calling all iPhone and iPad truck drivers: The new CoPilot Truck GPS app for iOS is now available to download! Drivers can hit the road with confidence, knowing that CoPilot Truck GPS  provides them with industry standard offline truck navigation and commercial vehicle route planning powered by PC*MILER.

So…what’s in it for you, the truck driver?

Enhanced Driver Safety

Driver distraction has remained a huge concern among truck drivers. A redesigned safety view allows drivers to focus on the most important thing, driving. The improved safety view provides you all the information you need such as next turn, ETA, speed limits, distance and any approaching delays. 

Powerful Route Planning Powered by PC*MILER

With industry standard PC*MILER  routing, CoPilot Truck calculates your route according to your vehicle size/class and the load you’re hauling to ensure you’re always safe and compliant while avoiding costly fines or vehicle damage. A choice of 3 routes and comprehensive multi-stop trip planning for up to 100 stops. Plan or modify all your routes with our trip optimization feature and CoPilot Truck will put them in the best order.

Simplified Menus for a Driver-friendly Interface

CoPilot Truck’s user interface has been completely redesigned to put the tools drivers need on the road a tap away. Providing you with quick, easy access to search and planning tools…enabling you to stay focused on the road, improving both your efficiency and satisfaction.

Reliable Offline Maps

CoPilot Truck does not need a mobile connection so there’s no risk of being left stranded in mobile dead spots. The maps are stored directly on your phone or tablet. Say goodbye to high data costs or interrupted service 🙂

Test Drive Experience

Includes 14 days FREE offline truck navigation, traffic & route planning all in one app. That’s right, you can try the app without any commitment. If you like the app (we’re sure you will!) you can upgrade to 1 year use of voice-guided navigation and traffic or to the 30 day subscription. Go to Menu > Store to get the upgrade.

Those are just the highlights, so jump in and explore! Download the app update from the App Store today. We hope you enjoy your new CoPilot.

Share your experience with a review or on our user forum.

Share a Pic of Your Truck & Win a Cell Signal Booster From weboost

Enter our truck contest now for a chance to win a great prize for your daily drive – a weboost cell signal booster worth $500! Do you often drive in areas that have a patchy network connection? The booster receives cell signals from towers and boosts them, so you will be able to use ActiveTraffic – which requires a mobile connection – even in areas with low cell coverage.

Here’s how to enter:

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  1. Visit CoPilot Truck on Facebook and like our page
  2. Scroll to the truck contest Facebook post
  3. Submit a picture of your truck

 

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  1. Visit CoPilot Truck on Twitter and follow us
  2. Scroll to the spring contest Twitter post
  3. RT this tweet

 

4. Reply to the tweet with a picture of your truck

The sweepstake closes on May 31st, 2017 and the winners and winning pictures – chosen by our CoPilot jury panel – will be announced later on the CoPilot Truck Facebook page and CoPilot Truck Twitter. Remember to like or follow to check if you have won. You can find the full Terms and Conditions here >

Good luck! 

How to Avoid Bridge Strikes?

You’ve seen the videos.  A 53 foot trailer hitting a low bridge.  You think, “Why was that driver even routed there in the first place?” The likely answer – they were following a generic, non-truck specific navigation system, designed for use by drivers of smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.  The result?  Costly damages to the truck and any goods being hauled, potential harm to the driver and countless other drivers on the road, and fines for driving on a truck-restricted road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation we saw a staggering number of 4,209 bridge strikes in the US in 2014.

Bridge Strikes Problem Across the Country:

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Red = major problem. Green = minor problem. Yellow = no response.

Bridge strikes are a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians. Since critical strikes cause road traffic delays as well as repair costs for vehicles and infrastructure, they become very expensive for truck drivers. Here are some steps to avoid bridge strikes:

1. Know your vehicle dimensions

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Before you set off, make sure that you know your vehicle height and width by heart. Please note that your truck’s weight can vary slightly according to what type of load you are hauling.  By adhering to routes tailored to your load and trailer specifications, you can avoid fines and low bridges.

2. Plan a truck-safe route

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Use CoPilot Truck to plan a route that is safe and compliant on truck-legal roads. First, enter your vehicle dimensions in the app. Second, plan your trip. CoPilot will calculate the best route available for your vehicle. Don’t forget to use a GPS that is built for truck drivers and not for cars and takes into account your truck’s size. When your daily life exists on the road as a truck driver, your decisions are impacted by safety, compliance and cost savings.  If you think truck specific navigation isn’t for you – guess again. It pays to have truck specific navigation.

3. Check traffic signs

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Last but not least, make sure you always check for traffic signs and other warnings when you approach a bridge.


Here you can find a good practice guide for truck drivers to avoid bridge strikes:


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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade in CoPilot Truck GPS

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You have the CoPilot Truck GPS App, but your 14 day trial period has expired? No problem: Upgrade in Copilot Truck GPS now and get 20% off for a limited time only. Just open the app and we’ll guide you from there! Hurry, the offer ends soon. Here are the top 5 reasons to upgrade in CoPilot Truck GPS:

1. Safe and reliable navigation on truck-legal roads

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2. Free traffic to help you find the fastest route through traffic

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3. Millions of truck POIs including truck services, fuel and rest areas

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4. Find the Best Route for Multi-stop Trips

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5. Lane assist guidance with road signage and unique ClearTurn™ view

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You don’t have the CoPilot Truck GPS app yet? Go to the Google PlayStore, download the app and test truck navigation for 14 days for free.

Win a Huawei Tablet with CoPilot Truck!

2016-truck-autumn-contest-banner-usThe holidays are coming closer and it’s the busiest time of the year for truckers and delivery drivers. Enter our contest now for a chance to win a Huawei tablet with a CoPilot Truck app worth over $250 to help you stay safe and compliant on the road. Get offline truck navigation and route planning-all in one app!

ENTER OUR SWEEPSTAKES NOW >

The CoPilot Truck Pack includes:


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  • Visit CoPilot Truck on Facebook and like our page
  • Tell your friends to play too – they might give it to you as a gift
  • We will be announcing the grand prize winner on our CoPilot Truck Facebook – make sure to “like” us (or add us in your circle) to check if you have won.

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  • Re-Tweet this on Twitter & Follow us @copilottruck to check if you have won:

The sweepstake closes on 14th Nov 2016 and the winners will be announced later on the CoPilot Truck Facebook page and CoPilot Truck Twitter – so remember to like or follow to check if you have won.

Good luck!

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

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