Mobile Technology Can Save Travelers Time and Stress

Today's GPS-enabled smartphones can now provide turn-by-turn GPS navigation for less than the price of a paper map

Jun 08, 2010, 13:50 ET from ALK Technolgies

PRINCETON, N.J., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- ( -- This summer, Americans will spend more time traveling in their cars on vacations and stay-cations due to the uncertain economy, according to a recent study by consulting firm Deloitte. Challenges of traveling smart by car are daunting, in large part because of the increasing price of gas -- up almost 13 percent since last year -- and anticipated heavy traffic volume and delays.

Although down 4 percent from 2008, at least some of the 222 billion miles we collectively drove in 2009 were due to getting lost.

GPS technology can make road trips easier, more efficient, and less stressful. Some new cars can include a factory-fitted or dealer-installed integrated system that can cost more than $2,000, while portable systems typically cost around $150.

Millions may not realize that their smartphone holds the most cost-efficient and practical travel guide for not much more than the price of a gallon of gas. To kick off the summer travel season, ALK Technologies is introducing CoPilot Live USA, a full-featured, voice-guided GPS navigation app for the iPhone at an amazingly low price of $4.99 for lifetime use.

The new app features premium turn-by-turn GPS navigation nationwide. Unlike many dedicated systems, it includes free map updates through December 2010. The app is packed with advanced navigation features including integrated Live Local Search, 3D and 2D maps, Lane Assist arrows, multi-stop trip planning, and more. It also has a useful pedestrian mode to help navigate on foot.

CoPilot Live USA includes detailed digital street-level maps stored directly on the iPhone so there's no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation, which eliminates costly roaming charges or a blank screen in no-signal areas. The app makes it easy to find the way at complex intersections with clear lane guidance and advance warnings to help guide drivers seamlessly and safely.

Customers also have access to ALK MapSure, a free feature exclusive to all CoPilot Live customers that provides monthly map improvement updates downloaded directly to the iPhone and a complete new updated map of USA every quarter, through the end of the year. Users can also opt to mute or lower music volume when listening to voice travel instructions and share their journey location and destination details with Facebook friends.

CoPilot Live USA is available in the iPhone App Store immediately for the introductory price of $4.99 for unlimited use. Customers can enhance their GPS system through in-app purchases, including Live Traffic and Live Fuel Prices for $19.99, lifetime Text-to-Speech voice navigation for $2.99, and Canadian maps for $15.99.

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SOURCE ALK Technolgies