ALK today launched CoPilot Live v8 GPS navigation for smartphones. The new version works with touch screen phones, has walking mode and more. Here is more info on this new version of CoPilot Live:
Key features in CoPilot Live v8 include:
Enhanced Guidance - v8's Turn-after-Turn display shows your next turn and the one after, while variable map zoom automatically adjusts the map display depending on your speed. CoPilot can also provide continuous guidance when you lose a GPS signal in a tunnel. Easier to Use - v8's redesigned menus, shortcut button and simple user interface provide 100% finger touch operation, flickable lists and fluid sliding maps. There's no need for a stylus.
Flexible Map Display - Automatic or manual switching between portrait to landscape mode. You can also adjust the size of the map at the touch of a button using an on-screen map control.
Improved Destination Entry - Navigate to a house, zip code, cross street, GPS coordinate, or even a geo-tagged photograph. 'My Places' feature provides easy access to favorite destinations, home and work.
The Latest Voice Technology - CoPilot Live v8 includes improved pre-recorded voices, providing clear spoken directions at each turn. Optionally available, Text to Speech Voice Guidance pronounces full street names and CoPilot Command voice recognition allow hands-free operation of the main controls hands-free.
Full-featured Walking Mode - Turn-by-turn directions to find the way around a town or city on foot, with pedestrian-specific routing, on-screen compass and directions along footpaths.
Phone Integration - Allows direct dialling to POIs, location sending via text and photo navigation.
CoPilot Central 2.0 PC Software - Available as a free download, Central 2.0 is the easiest way to check for software updates, buy additional maps and premium content. You can also use CoPilot Central 2.0 to import POI databases or import/export trips in KML file format for use with other programs.
As with previous versions of CoPilot Live, v8 provides useful 'Live' services designed to make journeys more predictable. Delivered via a phone's mobile Internet connection, the range of services available has now been extended to include:
Live Local Search - Integrated access to location-specific Internet search to quickly find nearby products and services, for example a nearby coffee shop, business or a restaurant. Live Traffic information - High quality, constantly updated traffic information about your route with automatic warnings and re-routing. Live Weather - Check the conditions on your route, at your destination or in your current location. Live Fuel Prices - CoPilot Live v8 can instantly guide you to the closest - or the cheapest - gas station near your current location. CoPilot LiveLink - Location sharing allows you to view the location of your CoPilot friends on-screen or online and share your location with them. CoPilot Live v8 includes detailed maps and Points of Interest from the world's leading map suppliers. Maps are stored locally on the phone, not downloaded each trip, removing reliance on mobile internet connectivity for navigation.
A new service in v8: CoPilot OnDemand enables customers to buy extra maps online and download them directly to their phones via mobile internet, WiFi.
CoPilot Live v8 is initially available for Windows Mobile and Android-based smartphones. It can be purchased and downloaded immediately from just $35 for unlimited use from copilotlive.com or Android Market. CoPilot Live v8 has also been approved by Apple for iPhone 3G and 3Gs in Europe, and is expected to launch via iPhone App Store in North America shortly.