Pioneer announce HUD for SatNavs too

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Pioneer Navgate HUD

After we covered the Garmin HUD a month or so back, it’s interesting to see Pioneer have now announced a very similar principle. However, these two devices can’t be directly compared; as well as offering a much better display, offering much more detail, it has a price to match… Whereas the Garmin unit will be around £150, this is going to sell nearer to £600!

For that though, you will get traffic, navigation instructions, points of interest, road hazards and more (clock, the current speed and speed limits, speed and red light camera warnings, the distance to the destination, as well as the estimated time of arrival) in full colour. The device attaches to the sun visor (meaning you will not be able to actually use it as a sun visor anymore), and for that, I do like it, as well folded up, it will not be as obvious to thieves.

Only just obvious from the picture above is the cable that’s needed to power the device, but the device also has a light sensor to vary the amount of light (and hence power) the device uses.

The Pioneer Navgate HUD will work with iGo Primo (iOS only) and CoPilot Live (both iOS and Android versions as best I can tell), so this does increase the range of options if you don’t want to change your existing navigation app of choice.

More information should be available next month when the device is available.


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iPhone SatNav comparison page

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

CoPilot on iPhone

With the launch of so many iPhone based SatNav applications right now, it’s difficult to find a single source which has reviewed them all, and compares the features of each.  Well, Pocket GPS World have done just that, and produced a comparison table showing a whole range of features, and even includes a “Quirks” section.  The only main navigation app missing so far is the TomTom one (which is yet to be released), but there is a placeholder for it.

Not just is there lots of information, it’s UK-centric (including providing the memory requirements for both UK and full European mapping where appropriate).

Head over to their comparison chart for more information.


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More CoPilot iPhone news

Friday, August 7th, 2009

CoPilot on iPhone

We briefly covered ALK’s new CoPilot iPhone SatNav application, but ALK have kindly provided us with more information.  Firstly, here’s a full list of the features that are available in the CoPilot iPhone version;

  • Full spoken turn-by-turn voice directions
  • Detailed street maps of UK and Ireland with full UK post codes stored on your iPhone
  • Clear 3D and 2D driving views with SmartZoom™ speed-variable zoom and street names
  • Navigate to a house number, street, intersection or address book contact
  • Automatic portrait and landscape display switching
  • Comprehensive multi-stop pre-trip planning and preview
  • Route optimizer works out the best way around multiple stops
  • Intelligent navigation provides guidance in tunnels and underpasses
  • Automatic day/night mode
  • Navigate to thousands of Points of Interest
  • Lane indicator & CoPilot ClearTurn™ provides a more realistic view of motorway exits and junctions
  • Real Signpost display matches real-life signs
  • LiveLink™ location sharing and messaging: keep track of your CoPilot friends, live on-screen!
  • Live 5 day weather forecast for your location or destination
  • Roadside Assistance helps you contact your breakdown company and tell them your location
  • Huge range of customization features to suit the way you travel
  • Customized trip status displays, including eta, distance remaining and more

As well as the UK & Ireland version (£25.99), ALK are planning a full European version (£59.99) and ALK have stated that USA and additional European country maps will be available soon.  CoPilot have mentioned that they hope to bring safety camera alerts in a future version, but this is not yet definite.


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More SatNav apps ready for the iPhone

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

TomTom iPhone app and car kit

On top of the TomTom SatNav solution we’ve already featured before, ALK have just released their iPhone SatNav to the UK iTunes App Store here.  Their CoPilot app features UK & Ireland data, turn-by-turn directions, a 3D Map display, and full UK postcode support.  It additionally includes ‘LiveLink’ location sharing and messaging, 5-day weather forecast, lane indicator and ‘clearturn’ displays.

It has been released at £25.99; the same price ALK have their Android version in the Android Marketplace, and if you are interested, there is a nice review of it over at PDA-247.

In terms of TomTom, it appears the package will cost around £114 for the software and the mount, and it’s already starting to get listed on some websites for pre-order, so we would expect stock to arrive soon, although possibly not in time for your summer holiday…

It also looks like iGO’s MyWay 2009 should be available soon too!

CoPilot content courtesy of Pocket GPS World.


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