CoPilot 2003 GPS Navigation System
GPS technology has come along way since the technology was first available to consumers. My first GPS had a slow 8-channel serial receiver that I bought almost 10 years ago. The features were limited, but at the time it was amazing to me that a portable device could pinpoint my exact location anywhere on earth. Today's GPS products are more powerful than ever and employ more sensitive and faster receivers. This along with the ability to use intelligent mapping software makes the GPS a powerful tool for the traveler. While portability is nice for certain applications (hiking, boating, etc.), we opted to try out a product from TravRoute that relies on a laptop, not only for powering the GPS unit, but also for the huge mapping database. The CoPilot 2003 is a powerful package that includes the GPS pod with a USB cable, two CDs (Install and Data discs) and instructions. The installation was a snap and the data disc was loaded onto the hard drive for quick access and maximum performance. When initiating the program, the software lets you know if the GPS pod is not connected properly. This is a great idea since there were times that our connection was poor. A mini-DIN connector is used to mate to the GPS pod to the cable and there were times when this connection worked its way out due to handling and vibration. A status indicator on the lower right side of the program lets you know if the unit is receiving a good signal.
On the Road
A full set of driving instructions are created from the start to the end location. Unlike point-to-point GPS systems used in marine applications, the CoPilot displays the actual miles to the destination using the street map with impressive accuracy. The software can respond to 15 user questions and commands, making it a truly hands-free system, although we never used this user voice command feature on our road trip.
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