This app is almost great, some have complained about things they could have fixed in settings, I say learn the app and it’s features/settings before giving a negative review. I am a pilot and use navigation programs for aircraft and they are excellent as you would expect, this app is close but still needs just a bit more work to make it a bit more user friendly. Making a rout you want instead of what the computer wants can be a challenge until you learn the idiosyncrasies of the app. For those who complain about it directing them to a closed road or a low bridge I say this is a driving aid, you are the driver, stay alert stay in front of your vehicle.
Missing one big feature
By Bill Bendo
I really like the app, but one feature I can’t believe it doesn’t have is the ability to drop a pin to navigate to. I drive to a lot of wildlife areas and boat launches that I can find on the map, but I have no way to navigate to that location. I need to be able to drop a pin on the spot and have CoPilot take me there. Add this feature and it would be 5 stars !!!
Need Maps for Japan
I’ve been using this app for years, we are moving to Japan but it’s not on the list of the world map. I would really like to use this app there.
Is developer open to user comments for improvements?
By Angelo DRV
I drive a truck and I am frequently in the northeast where there are many low bridges and truck restriction routes. So I need quality info. So far I find Copilot clumsy. I still run Google Maps simultaneously to ensure I take the right or best route. I got a ticket in NY as approached the Midtown Tunnel after Copilot directed me to miss my exit from the Long Island Expressway to the BQE because it changed my route without asking me or alerting me. This mistake sent me toward the tunnel, which I knew I could not take. I was looking for a way out. Fortunately the cops helped me out of a jam, but gave me a ticket in the process.
Here are my specific issues.
Co pilot problems
1. Changes route without asking me or letting me know
2. Highway and city names too small to read. Does not get larger when I zoom in.
3. Has routed me on some routes that are clearly not truck routes and physically impossible for a truck (and yes, my profile has 53’ trailer with 13’6” height).
4. Algorithms find very convoluted routes that are inefficient, jump off highways and add unnecessary miles and time, and finds routes that go right through traffic with lots of intersections and lights.
5. Often picks a route in the opposite direction with a u-turn to get back on track.
6. Does not know how to control the play/pause function when connected to radio/speakers. Often goes silent.
Causes me to miss turns/exits because of #1 above.
7. Too many colors and not clearly identified routes, worse in night mode. Look at Google and iMaps. Very clear.
8. When I try to force it to take a specific route, rather than going direct through the desired route, it goes through the original route, then back-tracks and adds lots of twists.
I would appreciate info as to what developer is doing to fix these problems, or I have search for another app, especially since I am paying for this Trucker GPS. I really need an effective and efficient trucker GPS, especially in the northeast where getting off route can be very dangerous. If this one doesn’t get fixed, I have to search for another. Paying $10 a month for an app that I have to constantly second guess doesn’t cut it.
Great app and easy to use!
By Safety Glenn
It’s a very easy to use app, the directions are pretty well right on also, just use a little common sense and it’s a great tool to have in the truck at all times! Highly recommend 🤔
I bought this years ago & was annoyed that my purchase didn’t count for anything when it moved to a subscription model. However, I need a reliable GPS on my phone for our RV travels. This isn’t it. On the first trip while using it Copilot directed us down a road that we should never have been on. I don’t blindly follow GPS instructions but neither Apple Maps nor my paper map indicated anything to raise alarms. After we turned into this narrow country road with swamp each side and no shoulders we reached a sign saying that there was no access for vehicles over 1/2 ton or longer than 20 feet. We’re 16 tons and 40 feet and there was no area to turn around. Backing half a mile down a country road to turn back into a busy state highway was great fun.
Copilot wouldn’t reroute. It kept telling us to turn back onto that road.
The second time, it routed us onto city streets that had low (very low, one was 9’) overpasses. Luckily, I picked up on that before we turned off. Then the app wouldn’t reroute.
Third & last time, I ran copilot concurrently with MapQuest, and ran Apple Maps on the iPad alongside. Copilot lost signal and ran around in circles, then tried to turn us around to start the route over. Neither of the others lost our position. Copilot is now uninstalled and I wouldn’t recommend it to any truck or RV driver.
Subscription after purchase
I bought this app many years ago specifically for the RV features. Now those have been removed and the only way to get them is to get an annual subscription. Sorry, I’m not paying a subscription for something I previously had.
Hasn’t led me astray yet
It’s good, just wish it had a few more features like satellite view and maybe if it wasn’t so zoomed in so close all the time. I adjust it out but it doesn’t stay that way long
Can’t paste password
Pointless if (I have to have an account and) your paste doesn’t work when creating an account. If that’s an actual security measure (can paste into email field) I shudder to think what your actual privacy measures are. Deleted.
Review for truck drivers
This review is intended for professional drivers only. I almost never write reviews on anything, but this app deserves some attention. As you can guess, I have a pretty high opinion of this app, giving it 4 stars, but keep in mind my rating is a comparative one, based on my experience with 3 other “truck” GPS apps.
What I like about it:
The interface is beautifully laid out with large selection buttons, making doing almost anything on the app easy and it’s pleasing to look at and use.
The navigation for trucks is at least as good as fixed units from Garmin or RM (I have used both and currently use Garmin for primary navigation). There are some bugs, which I will mention later, but it’s still better and more reliable than other apps.
The included POI’s (truck stops, rest areas, etc.) is good. I can’t rave about this feature for any app or fixed based unit because they are all lacking in my opinion, but this one is on-par with most, at least in terms of quantity. I do have a big POI issue though, which I will mention later.
Lots of options for customization whether it’s how the map looks, voice prompts, route choices and much more.
The “Active Traffic” is probably better than Garmin and I would say equal to Google. I also like the way it can display a traffic bar alongside the map, making it very easy to see where the slowdowns are on your route.
While not as important, this app does something I’ve never seen from any other GPS, fixed unit or app: in most cases it will show you the layout of “roads” within a truck stop or customer lot. And it’s pretty accurate. Can guide you correctly through a truck stop maze right to the fuel island.
For those that don’t run the posted speed limit, the app allows you to set a “governor” speed to help more accurately estimate drive and arrival times. Coupled with the traffic feature, this can allow for some very accurate ETA’s. That said it would be even better if it would just let you set a “drive” speed, because if you drive faster than the speed limit, it will still only calculate ETA based on the limit (I don’t know many truckers who actually drive 55 while in California... most are doing 58-62).
When planning a route, it will show you up to 3 different truck-legal options. In addition, after you’ve chosen a route, customizing it is a breeze. This is helpful especially if you just want to alter one little section or a customer has provided specific directions for the “last mile”. This function is easier and better to use than any other GPS I’ve used, including fixed units.
What I don’t like:
Two big things I don’t like that are largely responsible for my not rating this app 5 stars and even leave me questioning the 4 star rating I did give it.
First, the cost. For an app that runs on user-purchased hardware (aka smartphone), the price is ridiculously expensive. At $9.99 mo. or $99.99 yr., it can easily add up to as much as or more than a fixed unit over time. I think a one-time purchase price would make sense. Would I be willing to pay $99.99 to have it for life? Probably. It’s good enough to justify that amount once, but not year after year.
Second, and this may not be as important to some as it is to me, but when searching for upcoming POI’s on-route, it will only look about 30 miles ahead. If you’re like me and start looking for a lunch/fuel/night stop at least a couple of hours out, this app is useless. Because of that, I find myself switching between this app and others, like TP, to figure out what’s up ahead in the next 100-200 miles, then switching back, doing a POI search near a specific city, then adding the POI to my route. I’ve contacted customer support about this and to their credit, and my surprise, they actually responded and did a follow up. Unfortunately, their response was basically “sorry, but that’s just the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it”. This flaw and their response make no sense to me because if you do a POI search for “nearby”, the resulting list is long and can list places as far as 300 miles away. The problem is you have no way of knowing if any of those places are on your current route or not.
Other, more minor things, I don’t like include not having the ability to set alerts for things that are important, especially for professional drivers, like upcoming weigh stations, sharp curves or steep grades. These should be basic implementations in a truck-based app, especially one at this price point.
The zoom control on the 3D map is very limited. Want a wide view of your route? Forget it. You can only zoom out about a mile or two. Fortunately, the 2D map doesn’t have the same limitations and even has an auto “zoom to next turn” option. My Garmin does this also AND does it in 3D view. Since I’m primarily using this app as a “backup” to my Garmin, I kind of like the 2D view to give me different perspective. One little bug though is that when I am more than about 20 miles from the next turn, it displays the map in a “north up” orientation even though I have my settings for “heading up”. Once within 20-25 miles, it switches to heading up view.
Another minor bug I found was that it planned a route exactly as I wanted, but after parking for the night and starting the next morning, it had changed my route. I cancelled the navigation and re-entered the destination, but it still wouldn’t take me on this particular road. So, first it would and then it wouldn’t. Have no idea why.
I’ve found two stretches of interstate 5, one southbound in California and one northbound in Oregon, that the app showed as closed when they actually weren’t. If you zoomed in to the right spot, you could see where the road was black, marking it as closed. Because of this, it wouldn’t even let me manually alter the route to force it to stay on the interstate. Took me forever to figure out why it was trying to route me off a valid highway and take me an extra 100 miles out of the way.