ALK Technologies Announces CoPilot Live 7 for Spring Release, and it supports Windows Mobile 6.
Latest generation GPS Navigation software for mobile phones combines dedicated system simplicity with Live services and market-first support for Microsoft Mobile 6
CoPilot Live 7 highlights:
Simple to use, dedicated GPS navigation performance for mobile phones Brand customizable for Mobile Operators, OEMs and handset manufacturers Improved routing, redesigned colourful 2D/3D maps and natural text-to-speech voice directions in 13 languages. Downloadable, community-sharable voices, routes and map styles via CoPilot? Central Significant map data updates to over 600 counties in the North America New walking and cycling guidance modes and speed limit alerts Real-time mobile data services include location tracking which includes the ability to send your locations to other users via SMS or MMS Real-time Traffic Enabled Nationwide
Here's their press release:
Barcelona, Spain - 3GSM World Congress ? February 12, 2007 - Today, ALK Technologies, Inc. unveiled its latest instalment 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.
About ALK Technologies ALK Technologies Inc. based in Princeton, New Jersey, is a leading supplier of GPS navigation and fleet management solutions for the commercial truck, corporate enterprise, mobile professional and consumer markets worldwide. ALK?s CoPilot GPS solutions are available for North America, Europe and Australia. ALK solutions benefit from over 27 years of transportation technology leadership and development expertise.
CoPilot? Live GPS Navigation solutions transform phones, Pocket PC, and All-in-One devices into powerful satellite navigation systems with the additional benefit of integrated real-time location-tracking, messaging, and information services. CoPilot? Live is rapidly becoming the satellite navigation software of choice for Mobile Operators, OEM?s, and Handset manufacturers, with license agreements that include Motorola, T-Mobile, Acer and Scania. The company enjoys strategic alliances with partners across Europe, North America and Australia - including Microsoft, BMW Group, Ford, SEAT, Scania, Mio Technology, NAVTEQ, TBS, TravRoute, and Agentek. For more information on CoPilot, visit www.CoPilotGPS.com.
ALK Technologies was awarded Navteq?s 2006 Location Based Services Challenge Grand Prize and was Microsoft?s 2005 Worldwide Mobility Solutions - Partner of the Year. ALK is the official supplier of GPS navigation solutions to Gumball 3000 and a leading provider of commercial truck mileages, maps, and routing solutions under the PC*MILER? brand name. For additional information visit: www.alk.com or www.alk.eu.com.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview