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ALK launch CoPilot GPS A free route planner

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 1 Mar 2012

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. CoPilot have made a bold move in the competitive navigation app markets with the offer of a free app.

The free app, CoPilot GPS will offer much of the features and functionality previously available in CoPilot Live. It will be available in the Spring in both Android Market and iTunes App Store.

Positioned as an alternative to Google Maps, the app will have on-board mapping (so no data charges) and a full complement of points of interest. Users can input addresses and calculate and view routes as normal.

What it doesn't provide is voice guidance, a 3D map and turn-by-turn navigation. You can still use it to guide you but it will not recalculate if you wander off the planned route.

In-app purchase options will allow you to unlock the full functionality and give access to 3D maps, voice etc at a cost of 19.99. ActiveTraffic will be 9.99/year.

It's an interesting move by ALK. Google's dominance of the Android navigation market has been blamed by some navigation app providers but others, such as ALK and Sygic are doing well and this may give ALK a huge boost.

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Posted by xtraseller on Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:22 pm Reply with quote

Well it is the strongest contender in the Android market - it is obvious they have vast experience of smartphone navigation and a long history in GPS

While not perfect by any means, Co-Pilot simply doesn't make the same mistakes that ALL the others currently do

It is the only contender that occasionally I choose to use over one of my PNDs

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Posted by G1LIW on Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:59 pm Reply with quote

Interesting; might they be a bit worried about NavFree, do you think?

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Posted by MikeB on Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:39 pm Reply with quote

Whilst at MWC in Barcelona ALK's David Quin gave us the lowdown on the new CoPilot GPS FREE application:

Mike Barrett

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