the 3GSMWorld Congress, ALK Technologies, unveiled its latest installment in the
award-winning CoPilot line with Version 7 for mobile phones and PDAs. Supporting
Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, CoPilot Live 7 redefines mobile satellite
navigation with its simple and intuitive menus, clearer 2D/3D map views, and
compelling mobile data services. Version 7 also touts a fully customizable user
interface which allows mobile operators, handset manufacturers, and everyday
individuals to adjust colors, styles, and features to suit their brand
requirements or personal taste.
CoPilot Live 7 is designed to make navigation on a phone as easy to use as a
Personal Navigation device (PND). Entering an exact destination is simple with
redesigned step-by-step address entry, finger-touch buttons, predictive address
matching, and on-screen set-up wizards. Large-buttoned menus make frequently
used features quickly accessible and decrease the amount of user error.
CoPilot Live 7's redesigned 2D and 3D map views enable drivers, cyclists, or
pedestrians to see their exact location and where they are going clearly and
easily. Customers can choose from a variety of standard road color schemes or
create their own personalised skins. As with all CoPilot navigation solutions,
driver safety is the top priority. By default, the map shows a turn or junction,
progressively zooming-in automatically before returning to the non-distracting
safety screen once the turn is completed.
CoPilot Live 7's spoken turn-by-turn instructions are clearer than ever
before thanks to its new Text- to-Speech voice commands, with detailed
instructions pronounced naturally in 13 different languages both on Windows
Mobile powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Driving anywhere becomes as simple as
driving in your home town.
With an ever changing national road network, today's maps need to keep up
with burgeoning city growth and change. Version 7 incorporates comprehensive
detailed updates and enhancements for over 600 counties across North America and
over 100,000 miles of new road. Also, 750,000 miles of road have been checked
and updated to accurately reflect their current placement.
CoPilot Live 7's powerful new desktop management companion CoPilot Central
enables customers to fully manage their trips and preferences from the comfort
of their desktop. Personal color schemes, routes, trips and downloadable
Points-of-Interest databases are just a fraction of what this great managing
tool can do. With mapping, trip planning, and automatic software upgrades at the
user's fingertips, Central greatly enhances the CoPilot user experience.
In the US, over 100,000 people are killed in road traffic accidents each
year, several of which are related to excess speed. CoPilot Live 7 now
incorporates excess speed alerts which can remind drivers about local speed
limits, and is updated regularly via CoPilot Central.
CoPilot Live 7 is a fully connected navigation system that utilizes a mobile
phone's connectivity to the mobile internet to deliver real-time navigation
based services and enable interaction with others when on the move. It is now
possible to send a tracking invitation directly to a Microsoft Outlook contact
from within CoPilot, enabling the recipient to view your location in real time,
send messages and even new destinations.
Michael Kornhauser, Vice President, Managing Director of ALK Technologies
said, "CoPilot Live 7 is a truly personalised satellite navigation system.
We can now provide drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with the same
experience on a phone as a dedicated or in-dash sat nav system, as well as
useful real-time location-specific services such as traffic or location
tracking. Now mobile phones are just as useful for helping you find the way
as they are for making calls."
CoPilot Live 7 will be available for Windows Mobile based smartphones and
Pocket PCs, including market-first compatibility with Windows Mobile 6 devices
in the spring of 2007.
Cheers ~ Arne