CoPilot, a popular navigation and mapping company, released Live USA Standard and Premium v9 offline navigation apps to the Android Market on Monday, June 27th. While most people immediately think and resort to using Google Maps, CoPilot apps could come in quite handy for those without data plans (such as phones disconnected from service or Wi-Fi only) or in areas of poor data reception (I felt the need for something like this just this past weekend on a trip to a remote lake).
During the promotional period this week (until Sunday, July 3rd), the Premium version that usually costs $29.99 is going for $9.99 and the Standard version which is usually $4.99 is on sale for $2.99.
The Standard version is missing a bunch of features, which can be added à la carte, but at this point, I would suggest purchasing the Premium version with all features included, as buying à la carte makes little sense during the promotional sale.
Both CoPilot Live apps include:
✔ Clear, non-distracting 2D maps
✔ Voice guided, turn-by-turn directions door to door
✔ Directions only guidance views
✔ Offline walking mode
✔ Route recalculation
✔ Detour feature to avoid unexpected delays or specific sections of your route
✔ Millions of useful Points of Interest (POIs) to navigate to or call from in-app
✔ Powerful pre-trip planning and unique multi-stop itinerary optimizer
✔ Bing™ Local Search
✔ Wikipedia to search and learn about interesting places nearby
✔ In-app Facebook Places check ins and Twitter status updates
✔ Real-time weather forecasts at your location or destination
✔ Complete map of USA stored on-board your Android device
✔ Exclusive ALK MapSure™ service that provides free monthly in-app map improvement downloads and full quarterly map updates for 1 year
The following features are included in Premium and are available for purchase in Standard:
■ Personal Routes - Unlimited Use for $9.99
Features include: Alternate Routes, Drag Routing, Route Preview, RV Routing, Motorcycle Routing and Bicycle Routing
■ 3D Advanced - Unlimited Use for $14.99
Features include: Text-to-Speech Voice Guidance, ClearTurn reality view, Lane Indicator Arrows, Real Signpost Info, 3D Maps, Speed Limits, Premium POIs, Parking and Navigate to Contacts
There is a subset of features (below) that doesn't come for free with either apps:
■ Map of Canada – Unlimited Use for $4.99
■ ActiveTraffic™ – 12 Months Use for $9.99
Use real-time traffic conditions information to intelligently calculate the fastest route to your destination, provide an accurate ETA based on traffic and automatically avoid delays.
■ Live Fuel Prices – 12 Months Use for $4.99
Get real-time gas prices to find the cheapest gas station nearby or at your destination and navigate directly there.
One word of warning before you proceed - both CoPilot apps have quite a lot of negative 1-star reviews, so tread carefully and be sure to read them first. And remember, the introductory sale ends July 3rd, 2011.
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