ALK Technologies has announced that it has submitted CoPilot Live HD to the App Store, a turn-by-turn GPS navigation and trip planning app designed specifically for 3G models of Apple’s iPad.
With street maps stored on the device, CoPilot Live HD takes full advantage of the iPad’s in-built GPS receiver and high resolution touch screen to provide the ultimate large-screen voice-guided navigation experience.
CoPilot Live HD makes it easy to find the way in-car or to plan a trip in advance with beautiful hi-resolution maps and graphics. A new split screen driving view combines uncluttered 3D or 2D map displays with clear, non-distracting turn instructions. As with CoPilot Live for iPhone, the HD edition auto-switches between portrait and landscape, uses pinch-zoom functionality and offers access to iPod music controls from within the app.
Initially launched in North America to coincide with the U.S. release of GPS-enabled iPad 3G models, detailed street-level maps of the U.S. and Canada are stored directly on the iPad. Customers do not need to download maps for each trip or worry about being left stranded without maps in mobile dead spots. Apps for additional regions will be launched as the iPad 3G becomes available worldwide in coming months.
More than just turn-by-turn navigation, CoPilot Live HD’s powerful offline trip planning and route preview features allow travelers to plan door-to-door itineraries on their iPad before they hit the road. Users can enter multiple stops for a single journey and optimize to calculate the most efficient route. Advanced features include a fuel cost estimator and the ability to create customized routing profiles that best suit personal preferences.
CoPilot Live HD North America has been submitted to the App Store for approval, and is expected to be available to buy for iPad 3G in early May. Pricing will be the same as for the CoPilot Live iPhone app – $29.99 for unlimited use, with no ongoing fees or subscriptions and includes free full quarterly map updates through the MapSure service through 2010.