You can also ask CoPilot to calculate an alternate route, whereby it offers three choices. ALK calls this Personal Routes, and it functions in a similar fashion to Navigon’s MyRoutes, letting you select an option which will suit your driving style. ALK has followed another trend and now lets you save your current location as a parking favourite. This is helpful when you park on the street and need to find your way back to your vehicle again later. Allied to this is a “Take Me to My Car” option, which loads your saved location, switches to pedestrian mode, and starts routing you in the correct direction.
You can choose to be notified of speed limits and safety camera locations, and you can even select how far over the limit you will allow yourself to be before notification, just in case you think you can get away with it. In fact, CoPilot offers much more configuration than other sat-nav software of parameters like how far in advance you want to be warned of your next turning, although this is nothing new with this version of the app.
Another set of features CoPilot Live has been well endowed with for a number of versions – the clue is in the name – is its interactive live services. As before, this includes traffic updates, which have now been renamed ActiveTraffic, and only cost £9.99 a year. The traffic information is from Navteq, but in our testing didn’t cover as large a percentage of routes as Tom Tom’s HD Traffic, missing problems on some A roads.
Following the trend towards social networking, ALK has added connectivity with Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to auto-post your destination on both services when you set this up, as well your arrival, although the actual posts are a bit meagre. So your feed will say you’re heading off to ‘London Road’, without any greater detail. But you can also call up a list of Facebook Places your friends have recently checked into, allowing you to navigate your way to meet them. It’s nice to see a practical use for Facebook Places, but we suspect only a small minority will ever actually use this feature.