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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 3:58 pm    Post subject: CoPilot Live sponsor the 2005 Gumball Rally Reply with quote

The 2005 Gumball RallyThe 2005 Gumball rally will be sponsored in part by CoPilot Live. Each Gumballer will be provided with a T-Mobile SDA which will be loaded with CoPilot Live.

Of course the Gumballers will be used to having pictures taken as they drive across the roads of Europe. In an effort to avoid the unwanted roadside camera pictures the contestants will be utilising the PocketGPSWorld.com Safety Camera database which comes pre-installed with CoPilot live.

There will be lots of celebs taking part including Quentin Tarantino, Owen Wilson, Daryl Hannah Jodie Kidd and Caprice. Of course PocketGPSWorld.com will be there as well despite the invite we wont be part of the rally this year Wink

The CoPilot press release wrote:
Gumballers guided across Europe by CoPilot Live Sat Nav

Drivers in this year’s Gumball Rally will be equipped with amazing mobile phone Sat Nav systems from T-Mobile to find their way door to door, party to party!

LONDON, UK – May 1st, 2005. ALK Technologies, developer of the CoPilot Live Mobile Phone Sat Nav system, announced that it is the official navigation supplier to the Gumball 3000, the world’s most glamorous rally which is set to hit Europe in May 2005.

Celebrities such as Quentin Tarantino, Owen Wilson, Daryl Hannah, Jodie Kidd and Caprice won’t need to worry about directions or getting lost as they set off from London to negotiate the twists, turns … and parties during the week-long, 3000 mile, 17 stop grand tour of Europe.

This year, the Gumball rally starts in Waterloo Place, Central London on 14th May, visits Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sicily, Rome and Florence and finishes in Monaco a week later, just in time for the Grand Prix … and Naomi Campbell’s Birthday Party.

The 115 participating cars will be fully equipped with the ultimate driver’s assistant: CoPilot Live mobile phone voice-guided satellite navigation, supplied on T-Mobile’s amazing ‘SDA’ Microsoft Windows Mobile powered Smartphone.

With the exact itinerary unknown to the drivers, Gumballers will be given a destination at the beginning of each day which they simply key into the phone and start driving. The system immediately works out the complete turn-by-turn route, providing voice guidance all the way to the door.

Drivers will be able to choose a voice to suit their mood, including, in true Gumball style, a ‘Burt Reynolds’ VoiceSkin developed specially for the rally by sound-alike sat nav voice specialists Locutio Voice Technologies.

Incredibly detailed NAVTEQ street level maps of the entire 3000 mile route, including the latest maps of Hungary and Croatia, are preloaded on the phones, so there’s no need to take paper maps. Happy Monday’s Bez, who drove a black cab on last year’s rally, will have ‘The Knowledge’ all the way across Europe!

CoPilot Live’s seamless borderless routing will take Gumballers right across the continent. It even knows the correct side of the road to be driving on and the right direction at roundabouts.

If anyone does happen to miss a turn … or tries a sneaky short cut, the system’s intelligent route recalculation will instantly work out the best new route, so there’s no need to worry about getting lost. The system also contains the locations of thousands of petrol stations, car parks, hotels - and even speed cameras, providing local knowledge all the way.

In addition to Satellite Navigation, Gumballers will be able to use these powerful Microsoft Windows Mobile-based SDA Smartphones to access their e-mail; surf the web; take pictures; download and play music from the Internet. They’ll even be able to keep in touch with one another via MSN Messenger.

It is rumoured that Gumballers will take advantage of CoPilot’s built-in real-time tracking service to enable others to monitor their exact location on a map over the Internet …

The SDA Windows Mobile Smartphone with CoPilot Live Satellite Navigation, as used by the Gumballers, is available exclusively through T-Mobile. www.t-mobile.co.uk

For more details about CoPilot Live Mobile Phone Satellite Navigation visit www.alk.eu.com

The special edition Burt Reynolds sound-a-like VoiceSkin is available free of charge to existing CoPilot Live Smartphone and PDA based users from www.voiceskins.com

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How cool is that?! 8)

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coll yeahbut , why Copilot?
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W90BHP wrote:
How cool is that?! 8)

I meant the voice skins...

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why would anyone want to track rich idiots ignoring safety & laws and making fun of local people?
i seriously lost all my respect for pocket gps for advertising this event. it is so stupid already, no need to tell young people how cool it is (not).
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. As someone who has direct experience of the devastation caused by the loss of someone close, due to reckless, irresponsible driving, I find this whole rally idea deplorable. I too am suprised and disappointed to find a reputable site such as this, promoting an event that causes and encourages fast and dangerous driving.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't worry lads. if co-pilot has anything to do with it, they will just be driving around in circles Laughing
and as for the live part. well on the T-Mobile network that just about says it all...
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 9:34 am    Post subject: Promoting Manslaughter or Murder? Reply with quote

pevelius wrote:
why would anyone want to track rich idiots ignoring safety & laws and making fun of local people?
i seriously lost all my respect for pocket gps for advertising this event. it is so stupid already, no need to tell young people how cool it is (not).


I agree 100%. Why advertise or give any publicity to people who are going to endanger other people's lives?

When one of these bread dead idiots kills some school trekking home it wont be quite so funny then will it? And eventually, it will happen.
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