updated 11:40 pm EDT, Wed September 30, 2009
Aha traffic app, CoPilot Live GPS updates
Both Aha Mobile and ALK Technologies have released new updates to their GPS-enabled apps for the iPhone. The Aha traffic and destination-finder app allows users to see the current traffic flow and travel time of roads, while delivering tools for locating nearby rest stops or coffee shops. With the latest 1.2 update users have the ability to speak into their iPhone and broadcast voice tweets to nearby drivers, as well as post the Aha Shouts automatically to either Twitter or FaceBook.
With the added Twitter and FaceBook support users can choose where they prefer their shouts to go, whether they want the traffic information to be posted on Twitter, while their angry rants get sent to FaceBook. When posting an Aha Shout, additional information can be added including the current location and car speed for traffic shouts, or any added text that was submitted during set-up. The update also provides national coverage in the U.S. Covering specific areas such as Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, or other major traffic markets.
ALK Technologies has released version 188.8.131.521 of its CoPilot Live North America app, adding improved voice direction and support for the iPhone's keyboard. CoPilot Live turns the iPhone into a GPS system, providing users with turn-by-turn voice directions for navigating around cities or states. Other features in the update enable users to download free monthly MapSure community-reported map improvements and fixes, along with improved Address Book integration and stability enhancements.
The improved text-to-speech voice directions now deliver full spoken street names as opposed to simply telling the user to turn left or right, while the added iPhone keyboard support enables users to physically enter destinations and other text.
Both apps can be downloaded directly from the App Store, with the Aha traffic app available for FREE and the CoPilot Live software priced at $35.