Supersize your GPS with CoPilot Live HD

With the iPad WiFi + 3G models set to arrive tomorrow (April 30th) in the US, ALK Technologies, makers of the popular CoPilot Live apps for the iPhone, have announced that CoPilot Live HD ($29.99) will be making its way to the iPad 3G in early May. Utilizing the gorgeous 9.7-inch screen, users will soon be able to receive turn-by-turn voice navigation along side a split screen showing both 3D or 2D maps en route to their destination (four dual view options are available). Much like the iPhone version, CoPilot Live HD will auto-switch between portrait and landscape, is equipped with pinch-zoom functionality and access to your iPod music is also possible.

The big question though is whether you really need a GPS with such a honking big screen. After all, you’re technically supposed to be following the voice prompts rather than keep your eyes glued to the device while driving. Regardless, I have to admit that it is pretty neat cruising round town with a mega-sized GPS, especially if you already have an iPad installed into your car. And if a custom install is way out of the question, it appears that iPad car mounts are already on sale. More info and pics after the gap.

Press Release

ALK Technologies today announced Copilot Live HD has been submitted to the App Store and will be available for the iPad 3G shortly. Copilot Live HD is the hi-resolution edition of the award-winning CoPilot Live GPS navigation app. It unites full-featured, turn-by-turn voice navigation with sensational hi-resolution graphics for the ultimate in-car navigation experience on the Apple iPad 3G.

Princeton, NJ – ALK Technologies today 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 provides an absolutely sensational GPS navigation and planning experience on iPad 3G,” said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director at ALK Technologies. “Developing for iPad was a natural step following the tremendous popularity of our CoPilot Live iPhone app. It’s a really fantastic platform for navigation that allows us to fully exploit the many years of expertise we have gained from supporting tablet computers with our CoPilot Live Laptop products.”

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 (USD) for unlimited use, with no ongoing fees or subscriptions and includes free full quarterly map updates through the MapSure(TM) service through 2010.

CoPilot Live HD: http://www.copilotlive.com/ipad

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