ALK Readies CoPilot for the iPad

ALK Technologies has submitted CoPilot Live HD, a turn-by-turn satellite navigation and trip planning app designed specifically for 3G models of Apple’s iPad, to the Apple app store. With street maps stored on the device, CoPilot Live HD takes full advantage of the iPad 3G’s in-built GPS receiver and high resolution touch screen to provide a large-screen voice-guided navigation experience.

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 N. America to coincide with the US release of GPS-enabled iPad 3G models, detailed street-level maps are stored directly on the iPad. Apps for additional regions will be launched as the iPad 3G becomes available worldwide in coming months.

CoPilot Live HD also enables travellers to plan door-to-door itineraries on their iPad. Users can enter multiple stops for a single journey and optimise to calculate the most efficient route. Advanced features include integral access to local search, real-time weather information, and the ability to create customised routing profiles that best suit personal preferences.

ALK says that CoPilot Live HD N. America 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 with no ongoing fees or subscriptions.