CoPilot Truck Has a New Home

We’re proud to announce the launch of www.copilottruck.com – our brand new North American website completely dedicated to everything CoPilot Truck!

 

 

 

Here you’ll find how CoPilot Truck navigation works for fleets of all sizes, integration partners, and individual drivers.  Gain insight into our back-office enterprise fleet management tools, read up on commercial navigation best practices, and dive into our in-cab navigation features. Don’t forget to check out the resource library that includes training videos and in-depth feature sheets.

 

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PC*MILER Tutorial on HOS Manager

Check out our latest PC*MILER Tutorial on HOS Manager.  Ideal for someone who is brand new to PC*MILER, or even an experienced user who wants to learn about different functionality they may be overlooking. Our expert Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, thoughtfully guides the viewer with easy step by step instructions.

See for yourself how easy it is to factor HOS breaks directly into the route, helping you stay safe and compliant.

  • Topics include HOS Manager, practical and shortest routing, route entry basics and avoid and favors.  
  • All tutorials are under 10 minutes, allowing for viewers to get the most impact in a short time!

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ALK Technologies Launches CoPilot Truck GPS Android App

Provides industry standard commercial vehicle route planning & offline navigation for truckers

Louisville, Kentucky – April 1, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, announced today the launch of its CoPilot® Truck™ GPS mobile navigation app. The app is available as a free download for 14 days on the Google Play Store for Android-based smartphones and tablets.

“We’re pleased to provide a cost effective solution that can help independents and small fleet owner operators stay safe and compliant on the road,” said Bill Nimchuk, senior product manager, ALK Technologies. “CoPilot Truck GPS enables drivers to avoid unnecessary expenses such as fines and the resultant hit to their CSA score which can have a negative effect on their overall business and income.”

CoPilot Truck GPS includes a 14 day trial of:

Industry Standard PC*MILER Routing

CoPilot Truck GPS is the only app that uses industry standard PC*MILER routing to calculate an optimal route based on vehicle size/class and the load, including Hazmat, to ensure drivers stay safe and compliant to regulations above all else.

Route Planning

Plan or modify routes with CoPilot Truck GPS’s trip optimization feature, which optimizes up to 50 stops to find the best order. Plus, the app comes with millions of offline Points of Interest (POIs) including truck services, rest areas and diesel fuel stations.

Offline Maps

With CoPilot Truck GPS’s high-quality offline maps, no mobile internet is needed.  The maps are stored directly on the phone or tablet.  Drivers don’t have to worry about incurring high data costs or losing guidance in spotty coverage, two concerns that typically arise with online navigation apps.

Other features included:

  • Unique directions-only guidance view and Motion Lock to minimize driver distraction in the cab
  • Ability to drag any route to fully customize the exact trip itinerary needed
  • Advanced lane guidance with real road signage to safely maneuver lane changes well in advance
  • Real-time ActiveTraffic™ service, to stay up-to-date with live traffic alerts
  • Posted speed limit display plus audio and visual alerts notifying the driver when they’ve exceeded the limit, keeping their CSA score in good standing

CoPilot Truck GPS is being showcased in Booth #66140 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  To celebrate MATS, the in-app purchase of an annual subscription is being offered for $69.99 (30% off) for a limited time.  You can also get the recently introduced in-app purchase of a 30 day subscription for $9.99. The app is available to download from Google Play.

For more information about ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation solutions, visit: www.copilottruck.com.

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solution and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include PC*MILER, CoPilot and ALK Maps. PC*MILER is widely recognized as a transportation industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping in North America. CoPilot is a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, system integrators, professional drivers and consumers. ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.

For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

ALK Blog Series #2: Staying Safe in Winter Weather Driving Conditions

Some parts of the country and world have already seen their fair share of unpleasant weather recently. Whether it’s snow, rain, sleet, or a wintry mix, it’s important to stay informed and make appropriate decisions when traveling this winter season. Safety is essential. As we enter the unpredictable winter months, consider how using technology can help you stay safe for the roads ahead.

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Consider this: You’re driving along in your semi, transporting XYZ across the Midwest, when all of a sudden you’re in the midst of a fury of freezing rain. You know you shouldn’t continue driving since the roads are now getting slippery and dangerous, but where can you stop and park until the storm passes? Mapping and in-cab navigation technology can help you locate and navigate to nearby Points of Interest (POIs), such as rest areas, truck stops, and parking locations on safe, truck-legal roads. Drivers can also be notified of traffic buildups caused by weather-related accidents and select an alternate route to avoid high-risk areas.

Knowledge is Power: For back office planners, technology is available that allows for real-time weather alerting, notifying dispatchers if planned or future routes will be affected by impending weather conditions. With this insight, decisions can be made to re-route, delay or modify plans to keep drivers safe and customers up-to-date on delivery times.

Technology plays a key role in the transportation industry and provides powerful data insight for better decision making. Using technology to address weather-related issues during the winter is key for operational success. It also ensures we keep our precious commodities safe, the most important being our drivers.

And for everyone traveling on the road this winter, here are some helpful winter driving tips to keep in mind to avoid any surprises in your travels.

Safe travels!

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ALK Salutes America’s Veterans

ALK Technologies stands and salutes the millions of American veterans who have so bravely fought for our country. We thank our veterans for all they have done and continue to do in order for us to live freely.

Veterans are all around us – you just may not recognize them without their uniforms. They’re among us as construction workers, engineers, and very commonly, truck drivers! In fact, 32% of veterans between the ages of 45-54, as well as 31% between the ages of 55-64, are employed in the transportation industry. Just as they moved America forward during their time in the service, they continue to do so on roads and highways across the country, safely delivering essential goods for our daily lives.

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Hiring our Heroes is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that helps veterans and transitioning service men and women find employment. Join us in donating to this meaningful foundation and help make a difference in the life of a veteran and their family.

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ALK Blog Series – Stress Less

Recently, we’ve been hearing more and more about the stresses that truck drivers have to face while on the road. Situations like getting lost, being late to a delivery, or driving in unsafe weather conditions, can have a huge impact on a driver’s attitude and stress level. Can you imagine the pressure of getting thousands of dollars worth of goods delivered safely and on time to keep customers satisfied?

Stress is the result when one has to deal with change and can create substantial effects on the body, such as:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Upset stomach
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Loss of sleep

Fact: Approximately 1/4th of U.S. commercial truck drivers on America’s roads report experiencing sleep apnea.

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Alleviating some of the day-to-day stress can lead to increased job satisfaction and better retention overall.  Let technology help! Here’s a few situations where using technology can lead to less stress.

Use in-cab navigation: it’s an instant relief to drivers! Using truck-specific, voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions decreases the likelihood of a driver missing a turn or taking a non-truck legal road. Navigation provides more accurate ETAs and can even go as far as to communicate with the back office for real time updates, eliminating manual calls. Drivers want to drive, not plan!

Pre-plan HOS breaks: With the increased Hours of Service (HOS) mandates the trucking industry has recently seen, there is a heightened focus on when and for how long drivers can schedule breaks. Without proper calculations and insight, some drivers are forced to make these decisions themselves, leading them to choose the wrong location or break for an incorrect amount of time, ultimately impacting their scheduled delivery times. Fleet Managers or dispatchers can utilize pre-planning systems that factor break times directly into the drivers’ planned routes.  This eliminates any pressure the drivers feel on making impactful decisions.

Be aware of impending weather: Driving a vehicle in an area affected by severe weather conditions is stressful for any driver. Using a visualization tool in the back office where weather overlays are displayed directly on a map along with current or future route plans allows fleet managers to accurately assess potential delivery or safety impacts. Recently, Transport America implemented such an alert system, setting up automated emails to be sent directly to Fleet Leaders whose trucks are affected by weather systems and when and if conditions change. This allowed managers to notify drivers ahead of the impact or safely re-route them if necessary, alleviating driver anxiety. (Read Transport America’s Case Study)

In the unpredictable industry of trucking, ALK Technologies strives to create solutions that help drivers navigate, manage their hours of service, and avoid unsafe weather conditions. In decreasing overall driver stress and anxiety, the ultimate payoff is safer roads for all travelers.

Learn more about PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps

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Thank You to America’s 3.4 Million Truck Drivers!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week may be coming to an end, but don’t let that stop you from tipping your hats and thanking these hardworking men and women any chance you get. Truckers dedicate their time to safely transporting the necessities of life to Americans, keeping us happy and also acting as a critical factor to our economy. Who knows what life would be like without them!

Next time you see a truck driving alongside you, think about these incredible facts, presented by Trucking Moves America Forward:

The Impact of Professional Truck Drivers on the American Economy                         

  • The 3.4 million American professional truck drivers drove over 421 billion miles in 2014.
  • Most individual long-haul drivers average 100,000 to 110,000 miles of driving per year; regional and city drivers will drive an average of 48,000 miles.
  • Trucking is still the dominant mode of freight transportation, hauling over 68% of domestic freight in 2014.
  • 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.

 

ALK Technologies  proudly honors each and every truck driver across the country

and thanks them for their service and dedication.

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Make Booth 18158 Your #1 POI at GATS

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We care about drivers and their safety. That’s why we’ve created CoPilot Truck. Our unique offering provides drivers:

  • Safe, reliable, truck-specific navigation
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
  • Map data stored directly on your device without the need for a mobile data connection

Our experts are in in Dallas, Texas at GATS from 10AM-5PM today and tomorrow at Booth #18158.

Visit our booth for a CoPilot Truck GPS Navigation app discount code of 33% off and leave with some cool freebies! You can even enter to win the CoPilot Truck app for free while you’re at it!

Sale price is for a limited time only – don’t miss out on connection to real-time ActiveTraffic™ and millions of truck specific POIs.

Want CoPilot Truck? Download Now

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PC*MILER Fall Freebie Contest

Retweet & Enter to Win!

The PC*MILER® Fall Freebie Contest has officially begun! The contest will run from August 26 –October 2 on our Facebook and Twitter.

How do I win?

If you’re not already, you’ll need to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Pretty simple, right?

facebook Enter to Win by simply submitting the basics – first & last name and email address

twitter-1024x1024 Retweet our posts that mention PC*MILER or #TrusttoGuide #RelytoComply #DependtoPlan*

We’ll keep a tab of your entries and retweets and will randomly select winners in October. One winner from both Facebook and Twitter will receive a Bose® speaker set, valued at $250. We’ve got plenty of other prizes too, including t-shirts, headphones, Amazon gift cards, and car chargers.

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*Retweets will only be recognized if they’re posts from August 26-October 2

*Contestants are limited to one prize only

For PC*MILER product demonstrations, webinars, and product spotlights visit our Vimeo page

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Ask Away at ALK’s Fall Interactive Training Program

Knowledge is Power. 

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Get ready for something NEW from ALK this fall. On October 28th, we will be hosting the 2015 Interactive Training Program at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. If this sounds familiar, it should! The Interactive Training Program was introduced during our 11th Annual Transportation Technology Summit this past May. Because of the positive feedback, we decided to continue this program and expand to new locations.

Here are a few reasons why you should schedule us in on October 28th:

  1. Get one-on-one time with the Product Managers for PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps. Come prepared with any questions you have – these are the experts to ask!
  2. There are two tracks to choose from – One track has more of a technical focus and the other is dedicated to product functionality and best practices. Take your pick!
  3. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of how to effectively use our products and ultimately increase ROI, enhance customer relationships, and keep drivers happy!

We’ve also made it flexible for you to attend by offering two Interactive Training sessions. The morning sessions run from 9:00am to 12:15pm and afternoon sessions are from 1:30pm to 4:45pm. The educational session offering will be identical whether you attend in the morning or afternoon.

Check out our complete agenda with detailed session information now!

October 28th is just over two months away (70 days to be exact)! Take a few minutes and complete your registration today.

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Contact Dana Petrone, Senior Marketing Manager, with any questions – dpetrone@alk.com

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