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ALK Technologies Launches CoPilot Truck 11
malaki86
Just a quick update on the next release of ALK's CoPilot. As anyone who's used older versions of CoPilot, you know that version 11 was a HUGE step backwards. It's littered with problems that they've known about since day one. The program was released for sale in February, 2008. They first said a patch would be released VERY soon (their words). In May of 2008, they said that they were no longer working on a patch and was focusing on the next release.

So, with a year after the disasterous release, I called them today to get an ETA on the next release - it's due out in NOVEMBER, 2009!!! Does ALK only have one programmer working for them part time?
Marvin Hlavac
Did they elaborate on why November? That's like skipping one version.
malaki86
They didn't give a reason. However, if you can remember, they skipped version 10 completely. The reason for that was Vista, however. Maybe the reason for the delay this time is Windows 7. You'd think in the extra time they had with version 11, it would've at least been able to run on a computer that was widescreen or with a 64-bit operating system.
Marvin Hlavac
Yeah, they skipped the version 10 of the "Truck" product, but the "Laptop" was released. The November target ETA was for the ALK CoPilot 11 Truck, or also for ALK CoPilot 11 Laptop?
malaki86
Not sure if the eta was for both standard and truck.
Marvin Hlavac
Let's then hope it was ETA just for the Truck version, and let's hope we will soon see a new standard version of ALK CoPilot 12.
malaki86
But almost 2 years for a release? Especially one that's going to be nothing more than patches to their already horrible Version 11.
SQ609
I've been e-mailing Alk support back & forth for about a week now. And like it was stated earlier, a new version of CoPilot Truck version 12 will be out this fall. And an update this summer to their hand held gps - PC Miler Navigator 430 (powered by CoPilot).
SQ609
I don't know what thread to post this in... But has anyone tried or got some feedback on Garmin's StreetPilot 7200? I've read that it's supposed to have truck specific routing.
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by SQ609
I've been e-mailing Alk support back & forth for about a week now. And like it was stated earlier, a new version of CoPilot Truck version 12 will be out this fall.
Thanks for the update, SQ609. Since you are not saying anything about the "regular" ALK CoPilot Laptop, I'm assuming we will have to wait at least till fall to see that one, too, just like the Truck version.
malaki86
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Originally Posted by SQ609
I don't know what thread to post this in... But has anyone tried or got some feedback on Garmin's StreetPilot 7200? I've read that it's supposed to have truck specific routing.
The 7200 isn't truck specific. Using that setting will cause the routing engine to use as many major highways as possible, but it doesn't take into account for truck specific items, such as HazMat, height, weight or length.
SQ609
But is there any feedback on the Garmin's Street Pilot 7200 use? Has anyone used it and can give an evaluation or opinion on its use. I'm looking to purchase a hand held gps to keep in the truck as a back up to my laptop. But it has to have some sort of truck routing for the big trucks.
malaki86
Like I said - it's *NOT* truck specific. It can and will get you into problems, mainly with overweight and low clearance routes.
SQ609
I understand that its *NOT* truck specific. But have *YOU* used Garmin's Street Pilot in order to be able to give an honest opinion about it? For example, I use MS Streets & Trips and CoPilot Truck 11. Streets & Trips is not truck specific but it routes better than CoPilot which claims to be truck specific. I would recommend MS Streets & Trips to anyone before CoPilot Truck.
malaki86
I've never used the StreetPilot 7200, but going by the nuvi I have with the Truck setting will route you exactly like I've claimed: across bridges with low weight limits, under low clearances, etc. Even CoPilot will do just that as well - I've had it happen. Right now there are no true truck specific gps programs/devices that I know of that can be trusted 100%.

Hopefully we'll see something soon in the US. NavTeq has released data for Europe that is truly truck specific (google "navteq transport"). However, I haven't seen anything from them yet for North America. When they do have the data available, I'm sure we'll start seeing programs/devices that truckers can trust to not get them into problems.
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