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CoPilot Live 8 for iPhone: Time to Replace the Old GPS Device with CoPilot iPhone App!

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Smartphones do a LOT more than just making calls, checking emails and stalking “that” hot female on Facebook. One of the many things these phones are capable of doing is completely replacing a traditional GPS device in your car, thanks to GPS applications like Live.

CoPilot from ALK Technologies is one of many GPS applications for iPhone. I am used to of my Garmin in car and Google Maps on iPhone but CoPilot GPS app was like a breath of fresh air.

CoPilot is available for $29.99 for a lifetime use all the features except Fuel Prices and Live traffic which are part of the premium service and costs $19.99 on early basis. Users can also buy one year subscription of $19.99 which includes all the features and premium services or a $2.99 for a 30-day pack including premium services as well. (Click here to claim your free redeem code)

Users can also try the 30-day free version which offers all the features and functionality of the full version (download link). After 30 days you will either have to purchase subscription or use the Map-Only-Turn-by-Turn version of the application. (download link)

I have been using it for quite a while now after it was shared for a review and trust me I no longer use Google maps on iPhone or even my GPS device in the car.

The latest version of the application has an average rating of 4 on iTunes and is compatible with iPhone 3G and 3G S with 3.0 or higher firmware. CoPilot has everything you will ever want from a GPS device and MUCH more.

Let’s take a deeper look.

Destination: There are six ways of adding destination including the option of selecting a contact from the address book, picking a location on the map, adding Intersections or simply choosing from a list Restaurants, Hotels, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, etc. form the “Nearby” feature.

The difference between CoPilot and a typical GPS device is that CoPilot is super responsive, the moment you punch in an alphabet it starts showing you suggestions, there is no lag at all.

My Places: It lets you store most frequent places like Home, Work, Favorites and also the recently visited places. “Recent” is a clever feature which lets you access last visited places easily. It’s just like the “History” feature on the browsers.

If you don’t want people to know where you’ve been you might want to make sure you clear the “Recent” history.

Live Services: This section offers a host of real-time features.

  • Live Traffic: shows you the current state of traffic on the selected route.
  • Fuel Prices: show you the cheapest gas available at a nearby gas station based on your selection.
  • Live Link: This feature lets you add other friends using CoPilot. Once added its keeps a track of their location and shows you on the map.You can also share add people not using CoPilot who can visit alk.com to see your location on the map. This can be useful in case you are travelling long distance and want to keep your family and friends of update of your progress.Users can also use the online interface to message you once they see you online. It’s a good feature to keep in touch while travelling.

Plan or Edit Trip: This is a life saver when it comes to planning your road trips. This certainly makes the schedules, fuel calculations and break timings on paper obsolete as each of these features are built in.

Simply add all the destinations you’d like to visit and CoPilot sketches out a map connecting all the destinations on the list. It shows you total number of miles, estimated fuel cost, etc..

Music Player: This application has a built-in music player so you don’t have to quit CoPilot to listen to music. This feature can be useful if you connect your iPhone with the car speaker system to listen to music.

You can configure the player to lower the volume or mute when directions are being instructed.

Facebook Status Updates: This option lest you update your current location on Facebook. Again, I probably wouldn’t update my status while on my way to a store but yea maybe when I am on a roadtrip or at a special event.

Those were few of the highlighted features. Makers of CoPilot have paid a lot of attention to details, you will notice when you have your “WOW” moments while using this application.

Few of the features that really impressed me are…

POI (Nearby): Every time you stop at a signal or an intersection or for whatever reason, these little pointers pop up alerting you of the businesses and other things around you. Just click on the one that you are interested in and it will show you the business details including phone number and route information.

This stuff is super cool. I have configured it to pop-up every time the car stops, but you can change that!

ClearTurn and Lane Indicator: These two features make it real easy for the driver to get into the right lane or make the right turn on a complicated intersection. The graphics look a LOT better and easy to understand with ClearTurn.

App Memory after Call: CoPilot remembers your location and destination information if the navigation is interrupted by an incoming call. The application fires up with the last shown information on the screen once the call ends.

This might seem like an obvious feature, but quite a few application miss on this detail.

Route Demo or Preview: This is the coolest! Once you setup your destination, “Play Demo” quickly runs you through the route to make you familiar with it even before you start your journey.

Tracking and Online Interaction: Users who do not have an iPhone or CoPilot can track your location or interact with the CoPilot with the help of an online interface. A CoPilot user can send a message to a selected user or a group of users at a time.

My “WOW” moment while using this feature was the speed at which the messages are sent from the web to application and from application to the web.

Routing Profiles: CoPilot lets you create multiple profiles in case multiple people use this application for travel. This comes in handy when people have different preferences like some might want to avoid expressways, some might not be comfortable driving through the local roads, avoid toll highways, or rides a motorbike, etc..

Configurability and Personalization: There is almost nothing that you cannot configure on this application. From the information bar at the bottom to the map interface and the colors on the map, everything is configurable.

Following are few of the improvements I’d like to see in the application

Street Names: This application does not call out names of the street. Though it is pretty accurate in guiding the turns, etc.. it would really be helpful if the voice navigation instructs the driver to “Turn right at Hollywood Blvd.” instead of “Just ahead turn left”.

Hybrid Maps: 2D and 3D versions of the maps are good but a hybrid version would certainly add to the experience. Locations and roads become more identifiable when shown as they are.

Follow the steps to receive the redeem code for CoPilot Live (Giveaway for iPhone users in US Only!)

1) Join TNerds Fanpage on Facebook (Click here to join)

2) Leave a message on the fanpage asking for the”CoPilot Live” reedem code specifically.

3) Make sure your message on the fanpage includes your e-mail address as the redeem codes will be sent to your e-mail address.

4) Redeem codes expire on th 9th of April, make sure you use the codes before the expiry date.

Redeem codes are limited in number, be the first to leave a message and get the code.

Update: Thanks for the quick response. We’ve given away all the codes we had. I still encourage you to join TNerds Fanpage as giveaway announcements are first made on Facebook.

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5 Comments on This Article

  1. By: C.B. Whittemore  on March 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Abbas, what a wonderful review! Thank you. Although I've been using CoPilot Live for a while now, you've given me a different appreciation for several features. Best, CB

  2. By: Abbas  on March 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Hi CB,

    I am glad you liked the review. Its a wonderful application!

    Thanks for visiting TNerd and leaving a comment.

    -Abbas

  3. By: Jeanne Byington  on March 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Abbas,

    I love my BlackBerry, which soon I will need to replace, and this review--for an app I would like to have--is making me lean toward an iPhone. I really got a feel for how the app works.

  4. By: firman  on April 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

    in this time, the technology of automotive increasingly sophisticated... useful info.. thank you

  5. By: Charliecroker  on November 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Think twice before you purchase for iphone 4 - i had a gps issue with copilot and this is the response i got back from tech team- yeah thats what i thought you would think they would invest in better R&D well another bites the dust.

    "This isn’t a Copilot related issue as unfortunately the GPS receiver inside the iPhone isn't as good as many of the newer GPS Receivers on the market and does need to have a very good clear view of the sky and not be obstructed at all by UV coated windscreens.

    If you do not have a 3G/4G connection or have disabled your 3G-4G/Data Roaming then you will need to stand outside for approx 30 mins with a clear view of a sky (not in a car) to get your first GPS fix. After this it will be quicker to get a GPS Fix.

    Please note if you have put your phone into AIRPLANE mode then this will turn off the GPS Receiver.

    Another way to jump start it would be to check to see if you have a GPS fix in Google Maps. Launch Google Maps and see if it snaps to your current location. You should see a dot showing exactly where you are with a pulsating circle. If the circle isn't pulsating or the location is elsewhere it's because your GPS Receiver in the iPhone doesn't have a fix.

    If you have any further questions, or feel that this incident has not been resolved to your satisfaction, please do not hesitate to bring this to our attention. " go for tom tom instead it works perfectly fine "