Most significant, however, is the new Live Local Search facility, which apes the Google Local Search provided by TomTom but using information supplied by Microsoft. Assuming your Windows Mobile device has a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection, you can search for keywords and take advantage of a Points of Interest (POI) database much larger than the one stored within CoPilot itself. For example, if you need to track down the nearest branch of your favourite coffee chain, Live Local Search will list branches in order of closeness to your current (or any other) location. Selecting one will not only give you the exact address and the option to navigate right there, but also the phone number. Live Local Search is also not currently available on the iPhone or Android versions of CoPilot, although Android will be getting a Google-powered version in a future update.
Setting up your destination has all the usual options. Aside from the address search, you can navigate to a full postcode, an irritating omission from Navigon’s MobileNavigator for Windows Mobile and iPhone. We also found the tie-in with Windows Mobile Contacts more reliable, as it appears to use the postcode to locate the contact’s address. You can also pick your destination from a general map view, or from the GPS tag on a photo, and even navigate to map coordinates, including OS Grid references.
The basic POI screen includes petrol stations, restaurants, hotels, major airports, cash machines and railway stations, but the full list contains 20 categories. There is also a Quick Stop section on the initial menu that lists just petrol stations, hotels, restaurants and vehicle repair, for more rapid access. There’s a detour facility, where you can choose to avoid roads you know are temporarily blocked, and a route planner allowing you to set up multiple waypoints.
The routing options include car, RV, bicycle, motorcycle and walking, with the latter a true pedestrian mode. This provides a top-down view and directions more useful for people travelling on foot. CoPilot also includes one of the latest sat-nav widgets; full-screen lane guidance which pops up at junctions. This covers more interchanges than most implementations we’ve experienced, too. It’s one of the most useful sat-nav map view additions in the last couple of years, as it genuinely helps you get into the right lane in good time when on the motorway. CoPilot’s basic map view is already clear and easy to read, with an optional night mode, and POI icons that pop up in 3D so you can see them.