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CoPilot Live v8 Suggestions
malaki86
As promised, here's a thread discussions for possible suggestions for CoPilot v8:

User-definable default POI categories: When you add a new destination by selecting 'Point of Interest' to your trip, it currently comes up with these categories (truck version): Truck Services, Gas Station, Restaurant, Hotel, Airport & Railway Station. Myself, I only use the Truck Services from the default list, but have my own POI categories I use 99% of the time. It'd be nice to be able to choose which categories come up by default.

Search Location: When adding a POI as a stop, you have the choice of searching: Nearby, In Different City or On my Route. I'd like to see 2 more choices added: Near my Next Stop and Near my Destination. Typically, that's where I need to find a truckstop.

Add Stop: Currently, when you add a stop, it always goes to the bottom of the list in the route planner. I'd like to have a prompt asking where to put the new stop: Before Next Stop, After Next Stop, Before Destination or Make Final Destination.

POI Importer: Currently CoPilot v8 for the laptop will only accept .ov2 files. I'd like to see a built-in (or seperate program) to import other file formats, especially .csv files.

POI Importer 2: Set CoPilot so that it can import more than one POI set at a time. Currently you have to do one file at a time, with an exit/restart of the program between each import. The same issue exists on the Android version.

Add Scroll buttons: Even though CoPilot has 'throw scrolling' built-in, it's too sensitive 99% of the time. I would like to see a simple up & down button added to each list in CoPilot.

Automatic Day/Night Mode adjustment: Currently, the Automatic day/night mode works, but it changes to day mode too early and to night mode too late. It's still almost dark when it changes. a 30-45 minute adjustment to this would solve that issue.

Where Am I: Something I would REALLY like to see would be a 'Where Am I' feature. What I'm thinking is that if you click your current location (click your vehicle icon on the map), a screen would pop-up that would show your current gps location, as well as the closest city & state. It could be expanded to show the highway you're on, as well as the street address if possible.

Font size change: In the blue 'Info' bar below the map, the font needs to be increased a bit. When running at 800x600 on a 7" monitor, the text is barely readable, even though there's plenty of room to make it larger.

Side of street: In Garmin Mobile PC, as you were approaching your destination, the program would tell you something like "1.4 miles on the right". I didn't know how much I liked that feature until I didn't have it any longer.

Favor & Avoid Roads
(OneRVer): Older versions of CoPilot had the ability to mark a road to favor/avoid when the program selected the routing. Any possibility of getting this feature reinstated?

Truck specific - At-grade Railroad Crossings: When using the truck mode, under HazMat routing, I would *LOVE* to see the program warn me when I'm approaching an at-grade railroad crossing. An at-grade crossing is one that you physically cross on the highway (not a bridged crossing). Under federal law, placarded trucks must stop prior to every RR crossing. Finding out 300 feet from a crossing on a US highway in the country in the middle of the night during a snowstorm isn't a fun thing. Even a 1 mile warning would be great. Of course, this all depends on if the map data has this informaiton.
Ken in Regina
I'll apologize in advance for the references to Garmin's Mobile PC but for me to consider a replacement for Mobile PC, the replacement has to be pretty much equal, if not better.

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Originally Posted by malaki86
Automatic Day/Night Mode adjustment: Currently, the Automatic day/night mode works, but it changes to day mode too early and to night mode too late. It's still almost dark when it changes. a 30-45 minute adjustment to this would solve that issue.
All of the Garmin navigation stuff I have switches at sunrise and sunset. That has two advantages. First, it's easy to compute it for any location based on UTC from the satellite data and has no dependency on local time/timezone from the computer. Second, that tends to switch modes a bit early for the lighting conditions at night and a bit late in the morning in most locations. E.g. there's still a fair bit of light at sunset and again at sunrise in most locations. This is a good thing.

It's much better to switch into night mode too early and out of night mode too late than the other way around. The night mode schemes are generally still pretty easy to see in the daylight and much better to deal with than too bright a screen when it's become fairly dark outside.

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Where Am I: Something I would REALLY like to see would be a 'Where Am I' feature. What I'm thinking is that if you click your current location (click your vehicle icon on the map), a screen would pop-up that would show your current gps location, as well as the closest city & state. It could be expanded to show the highway you're on, as well as the street address if possible.
The Garmin version of this shows the current location coordinates, nearest address (including city/town), nearest intersection and has buttons to let you list nearby Police Stations, Hospitals and Fuel Stations.

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Side of street: In Garmin Mobile PC, as you were approaching your destination, the program would tell you something like "1.4 miles on the right". I didn't know how much I liked that feature until I didn't have it any longer.[B]
Agreed.

...ken...
malaki86
It does the automatic day/night based on sunset/sunrise already - it's just that they haven't set it the way that Garmin does. I've seen Garmin switch from Night to Day just as the sun topped the horizon, and vice-versa, as it should be.

On Garmin's Where Am I, if you were on an interstate in the middle of nowhere, it only showed your gps coordinates, nearest intersection, etc, but it doesn't show the closest city/town.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by malaki86
On Garmin's Where Am I, if you were on an interstate in the middle of nowhere, it only showed your gps coordinates, nearest intersection, etc, but it doesn't show the closest city/town.
That's not surprising. Garmin does a lot of things based on "proximity". If you are far enough away from a town/city that showing the nearest address is meaningless, it won't bother.

...ken...
OneRVer
Does Copilot take into consideration the elevations of your routing? Example; While climbing a long steep grade will it estimate the time for climbing this steep grade?
malaki86
Not that I can tell. It does have speed limits built into it, which I really had no clue were in there. The other day I was traveling across the PA turnpike @ 65mph. I came into a section that was marked as 55mph and CoPilot warned me of this.
OneRVer
This is the response I received when I ask ALK where to find the Speed Limit Display.

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Unfortunately that is a feature only available for our professional SDK customer. It is not available for consumer products.
At one time ALK showed the speed posting on their Truck Laptop snapshots. Not anymore.
OneRVer
Need to be able to incorporate an ARRIVAL TIME and a WAIT TIME for each stop in a planned trip.

Example; Home Depot, Spokane WA., arrivial 9:30 am ( ARRIVAL TIME ), 2 hours to unload and reload( WAIT TIME). Home Depot, Portland OR., arrivial 6:30 pm (ARRIVAL TIME ), 1 hour to unload (WAIT TIME). Home, Seattle WA., arrivial 11:00 pm (ARRIVAL TIME ).
malaki86
Suggestion: Highway construction data

I'd love to be able to see highway construction info on the map, similar to that given by Microsoft Streets & Trips.

The affected section of the road could be colored in orange to indicate construction. If a user is using the ActiveTraffic feature, mark the traffic flow as orange as well.
MrGadget
+1 for highway construction area like S&T - should add that to your original post.

Here's mine to add:
Extend fuel mileage calculator to suggest on trip where fuel will be needed, and to find nearby POI fuel stations from that area, and pick one to add as a stop on the trip, and all stops should have a designation as "fuel stop" that would reset the calculation from that point forward in the trip. Needs a place to enter both fuel mileage (city & highway) and capacity in driving profile, so different profiles for different vehicles would apply and calculate accordingly.
malaki86
The laptop version of CoPilot needs keyboard shortcuts for commonly used tasks. Here's a few I can think of off hand:

3 - 3D view
2 - 2D North Up view
H - 2D Heading Up view
N - 2D Next Turn view
D - 2D Destination view
I - Itinerary view
S - Driver Safety view
PgUp - Zoom In
PgDown - Zoom Out
T - Day/Night Toggle
W - Weather
F - Fuel Prices
Q - Quick stop
R - Detour
L - Delete Next Stop (give confirmation before deleting)

Also posted on the CoPilot forums here
OneRVer
AVOID ROAD. When you accept an Avoided Road that road should stay avoided until you cancel it. Right now when you exit the program you will lose the Avoided Road.

4/23/2011
I must have some bug in my software or in my fingure. Just got back from a small trip and the "Avoid Roads" worked. Don't know if I did something different or not. Going on another trip in a couple of weeks and will test it again.
OneRVer
Well I am trying to plan another trip and I am running into the same problem. It will not hold an Avoided Road.
malaki86
That's been suggested on the CoPilot forum and they (ALK) replied that it's under consideration.
OneRVer
Have you ever used it Malaki and if so have you ever had a problem?
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