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Summer of Sport – Rio 2016

Do you remember the fantastic 2012 Summer Olympics in London? Continue the spirit and get ready for the highlight of this year’s Summer of Sport: The 2016 Olympics in Rio. Watch the games with your friends and family, at the pub, in a public viewing area or – lucky you! – at site in Rio. Don’t forget to pack your CoPilot so you won’t get lost on your way to your friend’s Olympics party or – if you’re in Brazil – in Rio’s traffic.

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Find out our Top 5 event picks and venues here:

  1. Opening Ceremony – 5th August – Maracanã Stadium, Rio
  2. Swimming – 50m Freestyle – 12th August – Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio
  3. Athletics – 100m Sprint – 14th August – Olympic Stadium, Rio
  4. Gymnastics – Floor – 16th August – Rio Olympic Arena, Rio
  5. Football – Men’s Finale – 20th August – Maracanã Stadium, Rio

CapturePS: Get CoPilot Brazil from Google Play and iOS so you will find your way to all venues. For more information on schedules and venues, visit https://www.rio2016.com/sites/default/files/users/rio2016_files/guia_ingressoing_2015_daily_0.pdf

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New POI Category: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Good news for users in Europe: If you have updated CoPilot and then downloaded the European map update, you now have access to a new additional POI (Point of Interest) category: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

According to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association), there was a 6.4% plus in registrations for alternative fuel vehicles in the EU in the first quarter of 2016 in comparison to last year. There is clearly a trend towards cost-saving and more environmentally-friendly cars. If you already drive an electric car, CoPilot now includes POIs in Europe for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Here is how you can find them:

1) Go to Points of Interest
2) Select More Categories
3) Scroll to Electric Vehicle Charging Station

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These POIs are stored offline together with your maps, so you don’t need a data connection to find your way around.

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Map out the road ahead with a new map update

EURmaps_FeatureGraphicTake the sunny road to a beautiful beach, park or festival with the latest maps for your CoPilot – bringing over 217,000 (!) miles of roads and 190,000 new POIs across Europe. As we all know, maps are at the heart of any sat-nav system, and keeping them up-to-date is important. This is why we are happy to say 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 to get the most up-to-date maps >

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To make sure our maps are the highest standard, in Europe we use premium quality maps from HERE, as used by most leading sat-nav systems. 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 e/g UK & Ireland you need maps for and save a lot of space on your device. Learn how to manage your maps>

Enjoy your drive

Offline maps are important because they provide the driver peace of mind – with no data costs to you at home and no data roaming abroad. You have access to all the detailed, street-level maps directly on your device so you can use your navigation offline without having to rely on your mobile network.  So whether you are driving in the Alps without mobile network coverage or have disabled data roaming in Spain, you can relax and simply enjoy driving: CoPilot will guide you offline with full-spoken, turn-by-turn directions along your route.

Enjoy your destination

But wait, it doesn’t stop there! CoPilot apps have thousands of offline points of interest from hotels, restaurants and attractions to car parks, petrol stations and car hire, so you can explore the destination without data roaming.

You can find a complete list of all the countries included in our European apps here>

We take pride in bringing you the best routing and maps that any navigation app can offer. For more tips on mapping, routing and our features please visit copilotgps.com/uk.

Safe Travels!

 *The latest maps are available for your licensed region only. Map update currently available on iOS for CoPilot Europe, CoPilot Western Europe and CoPilot GPS and on Android for all European apps. Map update for iOS single region apps (CoPilot UK&IRE, CoPilot DACH,…) coming soon.

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Driving in Brazil

Get ready for the highlight of this year’s Summer of Sport: The 2016 Olympics in Rio. Prepare for your drive in Brazil. Here is our guide:

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CoPilot Hacks Part #1

The sun is starting to shine (at least in some parts of Europe) and travelling season is upon us. Whether you’re planning a long trip abroad or just planning on broadening your horizons on a more local scale, make the most of your CoPilot navigation app this summertime with these ‘CoPilot Hacks’. And the best news is: If you don’t have a CoPilot app yet or if you want to upgrade in CoPilot GPS, you now get 20% off for a limited time only. Check out our offers here >

Download the CoPilot App That’s Right for You

Because we know that everyone is different and want you to have the best experience possible, you may have noticed that there are quite a few different versions of CoPilot on the appstores. Whether you’re travelling home or abroad, you’re a caravan or a truck driver, quickly compare the different benefits of each app and which application best suits your needs on our CoPilot Compare page >

Avoid Data Consumption

CoPilot’s high quality maps are offline, so they work perfectly without an internet connection. To avoid accidentally using up your mobile data when using CoPilot abroad, make sure you’ve switched off your mobile data in your phone settings.

Enjoy your travels without being constantly connected to the world for once. You’ll be able to fully enjoy that well-deserved break and save money at the same time.

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Download Your Maps Before You Go

When you arrive in an airport you don’t want to hang around trying to find a Wi-Fi spot or having to switch on your expensive mobile data. We recommend that you download all maps you may require before you leave. Use WiFi to download your maps in the quickest and most data-efficient way, and make sure you’re fully prepared for the road ahead before you leave.

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Organise Your Favourites

If you’re regularly going to the same places or if you’re planning any trips in advance, make use of your favourites list – it can really save time and effort. You don’t want to be putting in the same address information all the time or spending your precious holiday time searching for destinations. One particularly helpful feature is setting your Home and Work addresses for easy commuting. Simply save, click and go!

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If you have any other clever CoPilot tips and tricks, please do share them with the community in the comments below.

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iOS 10 unveiled

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Yesterday Apple announced iOS 10 at their developer keynote. The new OS packs new features and facelifts of existing apps. Here are our favourites:

Messages gets a huge makeover with lots of new features – a new instant emojification feature which will change the relevant words to emojis, bubble effects like smaller and larger text, balloons and fireworks, stickers. Competitor apps such as Facebook’s Messenger, Line and WhatsApp have had these features for a while so Apple’s playing a bit of catchup here.

Redesigned Lock Screen with 3D touch and a “clear all notifications” button.

Siri is being opened up to developers which means you’ll be able to say ‘Hey Siri – send a Whatsapp message to Fred and tell him I’m on my way’. A handful of apps including Slack, Uber and Skype are confirmed already to support this.

Photos gets a big upgrade with automatic grouping of similar photos. There’s also a new ‘Memories’ feature which will automatically generate videos combining your photos and video clips and sync it with music.

Apple Music gets a facelift with de-cluttered design and better visualisation of cover art and song lyrics.

Phone now has the ability to convert your voicemail to text. A new API is available which could alert you of possible spam calls and warn you before you pick up. VoIP apps like Skype can also now have full screen calling notifications – just like the default Phone app has.

… and finally – you can now uninstall some of the stock Apple apps. Time to delete that Stocks app you’ve only ever opened once!

iOS 10 will be available as a public beta from next month, and available to everyone as a free download from Autumn. All devices which can run iOS 9 can upgrade with exception of iPhone 4S.

Learn more at: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/

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Summer of Sport – Euro 2016

Are you ready for Euro 2016? Put on your team’s shirt, lean back and enjoy the game. Whether you are watching from home, with friends in a pub or whether you are one of the lucky ones who snatched a ticket to see a match in France – with powerful trip planning CoPilot can help you get to your friend’s house to watch the game & with offline maps you will find your way around France without data roaming. Find all the fixtures and locations for your team here. Who will win?

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TIP: Don’t forget that you can use CoPilot to drive to the games. Download your France maps by going to MyCoPilot > MyMaps > Europe > France. See more information at http://www.stadiumguide.com/tournaments/uefa-euro-2016/ and http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/

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The 10 Best Summer Songs to Sing Along to

Summer has nearly arrived and it’s time to get out of the house. What better way to enjoy the sunshine than going somewhere nice and having a little sing-a-long in the car driving there? Here are your top 10 picks for summer songs. Make your drives more fun and get ready to sing along:

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6 Best Countries to Travel to on a Budget

The temperatures are rising – at least for some lucky people in Europe – so it’s time to put your winter clothes in a box, dust off your sunglasses and discover new places. If you are on a budget but you don’t want to miss out on travelling, check out this handy guide on when to book flights and the following list of budget destinations. Before you take off, don’t forget to download your maps in CoPilot so you don’t need any data roaming to drive, bike or walk in another country. Here are our top picks:

Croatia
Croatia

Croatia has been coming to recent (Internet-)fame with several Game of Thrones filming locations set in the country. However, for many sun-worshippers the country has been a travel favourite for years. Old cobble-stoned cities, beautiful beaches and delicious food can rival many destinations in countries like Spain, Italy and Portugal. And all of this for a wallet-friendly price. What’s not to like? Tip: Hire a rental car and discover the breathtaking nature in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Thailand

Thailand

Once you have the flight costs to Thailand covered, food and accommodation won’t cost you much. Whether you want to go island-hopping in southern Thailand, experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or visit the quieter sights of northern Thailand, the country offers something for everyone. Tip: Learn how to cook a real Thai curry in Bangkok.

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is for those of us who want to escape the heat (a minority position, but still…). The country usually has a reputation for being on the pricier side of things, but budget flights to Reykjavík from the biggest UK airports put this destination back on the map. Tip: Drive into the highlands for the most spectacular nature sights.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

 

Are you looking for a beach holiday to take the kids? The “Bulgarian Riviera” boasts golden beaches and a mild climate making it a perfect spring or summer escape for any budget-conscious family. Tip: Take a day trip to Balchik, a small sea-side town with an old castle.

Greece

Greece

It is possible to visit Greece on a budget and still enjoy world-famous sights. Head to the island of Crete in September or October after the high summer travel season is over to take advantage of cheaper flight/hotel prizes and quieter beaches. Since Crete is one of the southern-most islands of Greece, the air and sea temperatures stay high even in autumn. Tip: If you’re a history buff, head to Knossos near Heraklion, supposedly Europe’s oldest city.

Hungary

Budapest

Visit Hungary’s capital Budapest for beautiful monuments, crazy nightlife and trendy cafes. Cheap prizes for airfare, hotels and food allow for a city trip on a shoestring. Tip: Drive to Gödöllő and visit the impressive baroque castle.

If you are not sure which maps you can get with CoPilot, check out our map coverage page. Happy travels!

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