Here is a press release from last week that I thought was very worth putting on my blog. In spring 2012 (no exact date yet) ALK Tech will be releasing a free version of their copilot app, which seems to include built in maps, if you read below. Of course, if you want more features, you can upgrade via in app purchase. I use Copilot now and am very happy with it. This will also be available for Android (I use that version too)
I think the big deal of this is the free offline on board map.
ALK Technologies Inc. today announced CoPilot GPS, a Free route planning and on-board mapping app for iPhone and iPad. CoPilot GPS makes it easy to find places you need and provides the best route to the door. Search millions of pre-installed Points of Interest for nearby restaurants, hotels and gas stations or using Bing Search and Wikipedia. There's no need to rely on a mobile connection - detailed street maps of an entire country or region are stored on your device.
Mobile World Congress - Barcelona - ALK Technologies Inc., one of the world's leading developers of mobile navigation software, today announced CoPilot GPS, a FREE route planning and on-board mapping app for iPhone and iPad.
CoPilot GPS makes it easy to find places you need and provides the best route to the door. Search millions of pre-installed Points of Interest for nearby restaurants, hotels and gas stations. Find local businesses and attractions using Bing Search and Wikipedia. With CoPilot GPS, there's no need to rely on a mobile connection - detailed street maps of an entire country or region are stored on your smartphone or tablet, so the app still works even in offline mode.
Once you've selected your destination, CoPilot GPS calculates a choice of routes with turn directions, distance and travel time for each. Advanced multi-stop trip planning and optimization features, usually reserved for premium paid navigation apps, allow you to enter up to 50 stops and calculate the most efficient way to go.
* Maps stored on-board your smartphone or tablet for offline use
* Millions of pre-installed Points of Interest (POIs) with in-app dialing
* Powerful route planning with multi-stop trip optimizer
* Alternate Routes: CoPilot provides up to 3 ways to your destination. Drag and drop the route to adjust.
* Driving directions: manually cycle through the turns to your destination
* Walking mode: explore unfamiliar cities on foot with confidence
* Social sharing: let your friends know where you are with Twitter & Facebook status updates *
* Dynamic local content: find useful and interesting places with Wikipedia and Bing Search *
CoPilot GPS users can also upgrade to full voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation via in-app purchase, and benefit from 3D map views, speed limit warnings, and realistic ClearTurn(TM) display with lane assist arrows and signposts at complex interchanges.
"Consumers are often left disappointed with free GPS apps because they usually rely on constant mobile data connectivity," said David Quin, Head of Consumer Applications, ALK Technologies. "CoPilot GPS offers smartphone and tablet owners a free navigation app that won't burn through their data plan, and will never leave them stranded without maps if they lose cell coverage."
ALK Technologies is showcasing their latest innovations in mobile navigation, including the new CoPilot GPS app, on its stand at App Planet during Mobile World Congress Barcelona - Hall 7, Stand C80.
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