I’m sure you don’t need reminding of the fiasco surrounding Apple’s Maps app when it first launched months back. Since that time, the company has made it a public goal to improve the software. Personally I’ve never had any problems with the Maps app on my iPhone 5, but I won’t complain if Apple continues to make it as good as it can be. In that vein, it has been reported that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker has acquired a transit service called HopStop.com.
HopStop, which already has a presence in iOS via an App Store application, offers users detailed subway, bus, train, taxi, walking, and biking directions. It’s loaded with information for more than 600 cities in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand! I’ve always thought it would be great if Siri could tell me the subway or bus schedule, so if Apple is incorporating this information into iOS, that would be great!
Unfortunately the company is keeping quiet about its use for HopStop’s tech. In a statement to AllThingsD, Apple confirmed the purchase but explained that, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
The news of the HopStop acquisition comes hot on the heels of news that Apple has purchased Locationary, a company that specializes on location crowdsourcing. It really seems like Apple is doing everything in its power to make the iOS Maps app a serious contender in the mobile mapping environment.