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There are plenty of GPS apps in the App Store for turn-by-turn navigation, but few are dedicated to route planning or exploration. If the built-in Maps app isn’t getting the job done for you, the folks at CoPilot may have just the thing -- and it’s free and universal.
CoPilot has announced the release of CoPilot GPS, a free, universal app now available on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store for Android devices. Unlike the company’s other apps focused on turn-by-turn navigation with 3D maps, CoPilot GPS is more about planning and discovery -- but users have the option to upgrade to the full monty as an in-app purchase, should they so desire.
“CoPilot GPS is our all-new offline route planning and local exploring app that gets you everywhere you need to go without relying on your mobile data connection,” the company explains on its blog. “Detailed maps of an entire country or region are stored on your smartphone or tablet, so you’ll be able to calculate routes and get driving or walking instructions even when there’s no mobile coverage.
“Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) are built into the app, making it easy to locate nearby restaurants, shops, hotels and more,” the blog post continues. “You can also search for local businesses and attractions using Bing™ and Wikipedia. And did we mention the best part: Mapping and planning is FREE!!!”
For users who require a more comprehensive navigation app, CoPilot GPS offers a number of additional features via in-app purchase, including unlimited use of full turn-by-turn navigation for only $19.99, with access to dynamic 3D maps, speed limit warnings, clear spoken directions with street names and realistic ClearTurn display with lane indicator arrows and exit sign information.
Other in-app upgrade options include 12 months of ActiveTraffic for $9.99 as well as unlimited use maps for international destinations including Australia and New Zealand ($37.99), Brazil ($39.99) and all of Europe ($37.99).
CoPilot GPS is now available from the App Store; the free 30.4MB app requires downloading map data for offline use and is compatible with all devices running iOS 3.0 (?!) or later -- that should excite those of you still rocking an original iPhone!
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