While Google's own Google Maps Navigation app may be one way to get turn-by-turn directions on an Android smartphone, if you're outside of the US and not willing to hack your handset it's not much use. ALK Technologies have just announced that their own PND app
, CoPilot Live v8, has now been given the added boost of live traffic information and local search.
Local search is actually a free addition to the app - the latest version is in the Android Market now - and allows you to search for nearby businesses and other things nearby, and get instant directions to their location. You'll have to pay for live traffic updates, however; £19.99 gets you ALK's Premium Services package, which not only pulls in route conditions (and feeds that into auto re-routing) but live fuel prices as well.
CoPilot Live v8 adds Premium Traffic and Free Local Search to Windows Mobile and Android App
Premium live services and free local internet search are now available across all supported platforms of award-winning mobile navigation software
London, 8th Feb 2010 – ALK Technologies Ltd, a global leader in mobile navigation software, today announced the availability of Premium Live Services for CoPilot® Live™ v8 customers using Windows Mobile and Android smartphones.
In addition, all CoPilot Live v8 customers across all platforms will be able to access Local Internet search from directly within the app for free.
Packed with new cutting-edge features, CoPilot Live 8 makes turn-by-turn voice-guided satellite navigation technology more accessible, portable and affordable for owners of iPhone, Windows and Android smartphones.
As with previous versions of CoPilot Live, v8 provides useful Live services designed to make journeys easier, and more predictable.
Furthermore, Live Local Search is now included as standard with CoPilot Live 8. CoPilot Live v8 is bringing the power of Local Internet Search into your navigation system. Simply key-in whatever you are looking for, choose from a list of matching businesses, brands and other results nearby, and be guided straight there!
An additional range of Premium Live Services is now available for all platforms, including:
• Live Traffic information* - High quality, constantly updated traffic information about your route with automatic warnings and re-routing. Avoid stressful delays and always be informed on route conditions with CoPilot Live’s real-time traffic service.
• Live Fuel Prices* - CoPilot Live v8 can instantly guide you to the closest - or the cheapest - petrol station near your current location. Spend less. The new Fuel Price service in v8 can help you find the cheapest petrol station nearby or on-route. So whether you are running on empty or want to fill up without emptying your pocket, let CoPilot Live lead the way.
Real-Time Traffic and Live Fuel are available as Premium Service package for £19.99 to purchase as upgrades through CoPilot Live Central 2.0 desktop software or CoPilot e-store. For iPhone users, it’s available as in-app purchase.
Existing Windows Mobile and Android users can find out how to upgrade to free Local Search by visiting the CoPilot site: http://www.alk.eu.com/copilot/localsearch/.
CoPilot Live iPhone customers will receive access to Free Live Local Search in a forthcoming update via iTunes.
*Live Local Search is available for CoPilot Live v8 in the following regions: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, USA and Canada. It is not available in Republic of Ireland.