ALK, developers of the CoPilot sat nav app, is to work with road safety charity Brake to raise awareness about safer use of mobile technology when traveling by car.
ALK’s CoPilot sat nav apps for driving are designed specifically for in-vehicle use. Driver-friendly features such as Motion Lock prevent use of app controls while on the move, while a unique “Directions only” safety mode helps keep drivers focused on the road ahead rather than on-screen.
“We are delighted to work with Brake as part of our quest to provide a safe in-car sat nav experience on a mobile device,” said David Quin, vice president, consumer applications, ALK, which is part of Trimble.
“We share Brake’s concern about the potential dangers of using a phone while driving, and we are committed to setting high standards in our CoPilot sat nav apps when it comes to minimising distraction and maximising driver safety. We hope that together we can help raise awareness of the need for non-distracting design and use of driving apps, particularly as smartphones become increasingly part of the connected car market.”
“Sat navs should make driving from A to B a lot simpler, but as their popularity increases, so do our concerns about driving safety. That’s why we are happy to work with ALK who takes safety seriously, and we hope a similar approach to sat nav safety could be implemented across the industry,” said Richard Coteau, Brake.
”Having a navigation campaign partner who cares about driver distraction and road safety gives us great insight into sat navs, such as CoPilot, and their safety, and together we are looking forward to raise awareness around the driver distraction risks of inappropriate use of technology when in car."