CoPilot the only way to go for GPS!
I've spent a while reviewing many GPS programs and sort of hesitated to spend the $329 on the CoPilot. However I just got it last night, and tried it out. This is the best GPS setup out there. If you want your system to do this function and do it well, CoPilot is absolutely the only way to go.
The voice recognition is actually pretty good, and I got luck my head unit actually processes two inputs at the same time. So I can be listening to my music, hit pause ask the GPS something then it answers back. Put CoPilot to sleep, start playing the MP3's and then when it comes time for the directions it automatically comes through the speakers without me having to do anything and while the music is still playing. The only trick is having the volume setting just right so that it is loud enough to be heard over the music but no too loud that it freaks you out.
This is finally putting huge hope back into my project. Well that and Armen got back to me about his in dash screens, so if all goes well I might have this thing setup and working for a trip I plan on taking to Savannah at the end ot the month. :)
Oh yeah and it is even polite, if you tell it thank you it replies with "you're welcome" :D
A million features in this program, including a popup touch screen keyboard that automatically appears when a text box is available. It also shows the full map at under 10mph then over 10mph it switches to a mode that is easier to read and follow. It automatically calculates routes within seconds of making a turn. It first figures out if there is an easy way to turn around and go back. If so it tells you how to do that, if not it figures another way to get where you are going.
You can also be driving along ask it for a detour and it shows you alternate routes. I just can't say enough about this product. I'm extremely pleased with it. Plus it is setup to where when launched all you have to do is tell it the address of where you are going, and hit "go" it does the rest. The screen with the map has the most needed buttons right on there, that should be plenty large enough to use with a touch screen.
No I don't work for them, I just want everyone to know that a product that is so expensive is worth it, and anything else you will simply be putting together pieces of software to try and get it to do the same and even then it won't do it as well. So if you want GPS CoPilot is the only way to go in my opinion.
Trust me I've tried a lot of other software programs, some I really liked, but for in Car navigation this is the best!
Side note here is a list of the following software packages, and even one other hardware package I've tried.
Tha Navman combination with RandMcNally (DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY)
Microsoft Streets and Trips 2002 (Some good points, but ease of
use in the car leaves something to be desired)
Teletype GPS (Runner up I think, but loading maps is a pain)
Delorme Street Atlas 7.0 (Another good one with nice features but again controlling it in a car gets hectic)
Sorry for the long post, but hopefully this post and my experience saves someone else the time and frustration I've been through evaulating all these. :D