CoPilot Truck GPS Laptop System

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by JasonTrucker, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. JasonTrucker

    JasonTrucker Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Caldwell, NJ
    Hello all,

    Any thoughts or experiences with the CoPilot Truck GPS Laptop System? Makes sense to me that if you already have a laptop that this is the way to go.

    Prices :

    software only : $199
    software and gps receiver: $289

    Sure beats the price of some of these portable gps units.

    Any experiences?

    Thanks in advance :biggrin_25519:
    Rodney Walderbee Thanks this.
  2. truckin916

    truckin916 Medium Load Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Wild Wild West
    Copilot Truck is the best thing out there for truckers BAR-NONE!! It is the ONLY one that caters specifically to the trucking industry....
    The only thing I'd wish they would do is put it in a self contained GPS so I didn't have to put wear and tear on my laptop.

    My old Garmin C330 has a 'truck' option on it but it doesn't do all the things that copilot does, though it was only $178 at Wally World and gets the job done.

    I ALK (maker of Copilot) really needs to get a self contained unit on the market, I'd buy one in a second.
  3. JasonTrucker

    JasonTrucker Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Caldwell, NJ

    Thanks for the feedback, as I do research I'm coming to that same conclusion and plan on getting co-pilot.

    I'm all about making this transition as easy/smooth as possible. This is not gymnastics, you don't get points for difficulty.
  4. Truckerjo

    Truckerjo Road Train Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Plenty of post already on forum referring to Copilot.
    My opinion it is a great tool to have.
  5. Rebel Patriot

    Rebel Patriot Light Load Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    Boston, MA
    If you want a self contained Co Pilot without adding wear and tear on the laptop, all you need is a mobile phone with Windows Mobile on it.

    I use a Palm Treo 700wx with Co Pilot loaded on a small 2gb card and it sits on my dash. You need to have a smartphone with a touch screen. Its cheaper than a laptop, you can use the phone for both calls/texting and internet access at broadband speed.

    Works perfect.
  6. truckin916

    truckin916 Medium Load Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Wild Wild West
    Here is an update, I emailed the Copilot sales team at ALK.

    In Q2 or Q3 of this year they will be releasing a self contained GPS version of Copilot truck. I was thinking of getting the PDA version and putting it on my cell phone but decided I didn't want to squint at the tiny screen and quite frankly I like my cell phone being just a cell phone.

    So those without laptops and those that do not want to buy a PDA or use your cell...they are coming out with a unit that is awesome.

    I'll try to attach the pdf file they sent me that has features and pictures of the unit.

    Attached Files:

  7. Dabber

    Dabber Bobtail Member

    That would be great to see if it is all it says it is.
  8. TexasMike

    TexasMike "Big Tex"

    Jan 28, 2008
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    That is exactly what I've been waiting for. Everyone I know uses co-pilot and I want to use it to but don't want to subject my laptop to that kind of punishment. Guess I'll just stick with my Garmon till that thing comes out.
  9. toothpick

    toothpick Bobtail Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Beaumont, TX

    Actually, it advertised that it does truck routing but I occasionally found it routing me down restricted routes or routes where low overheads were located. The truth is you can't trust it. In fact, there isn't any navigation sofware on the market that you can entirely trust. It is always best to check your routes to be on the safe side.

    A couple of other things is the software is very buggy and the routing features are difficult to use and very limited.

    I found Microsoft Streets & Trips for a small fraction of the price to be overall much better and easier to use.
  10. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

    May 6, 2007

    Good to hear. I've been debating this issue with myself for the last few weeks. I want the software. But I really would like to leave the laptop put away.

    I'll wait for the stand alone unit :)
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