Redesigned for 2017: All New i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link!
We are excited to report that Minn Kota has completely redesigned their i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link GPS navigation systems for the 2017 models. In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in sales of i-Pilot motors, to a point where they are now far and away our best-selling motors in both the freshwater and saltwater categories, by a factor of 10 to 1 over all other motors. Pretty incredible. So it’s great to see so many new features in this already outstanding product. Let’s take a look at what’s new:
Completely redesigned remotes. The new i-Pilot remote features a 33% larger LCD screen with full visibility in sunlight. They’ve also improved the user menus, making it easier to use. The i-Pilot Link remote now features a larger, full color touchscreen and a separate keypad for the most commonly used controls. Both remotes include an integrated battery meter so you're always in touch with remaining power.
Bluetooth. With the introduction of Bluetooth, Minn Kota debuts a new smartphone app that enables command of steering, speed, Spot-Lock, rabbit mode, and Advanced Auto-Pilot. And you can now easily download any software updates or new features easily via your phone.
Reinvented Spot-Lock. The new spot-lock has been completely overhauled and improved with new hardware, software and algorithms. The result is increased accuracy to the original anchor point, the ability to better control boat position, and the ability to “jog” five feet in any direction.
Heading Sensor. Now an included accessory on all i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link motors, Minn Kota's Heading Sensor is a bluetooth enabled device that allows your boat position to be factored into motor operation. This in turn enables the "jog" feature. Heading Sensor connects to your motor via a bluetooth connection, and is powered by connecting to one of your 12v batteries.
Circle Mode and Humminbird Virtual Remote. I-Pilot Link now includes the ability to choose a spot, select distance from that spot, and your boat will automatically circle around that location so you can cast right into the center! Additionally, compatible Humminbird finders feature a virtual remote on their screens allowing you to control speed, direction, spot-lock and advanced auto-pilot.
For a comparison of features between i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link, please see this chart.
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