Apple will buy the HopStop transport app – Public transport to return to Apple Maps? – TechCrunch


Apple has agreed to acquire the public transport navigation app, according to a report in Bloomberg.

AllThingsD apparently received confirmation from an Apple spokesperson. I have contacted both companies and will update if I hear from any of them.

HopStop offers walking, taxi, and bicycle routes, but is probably the most useful when it comes to public transportation. When Apple split from Google and launched its own mapping app for iOS 6, in addition to all the other issues it faced, it removed transit routes and instead asked users to download other apps, including HopStop. (Indeed, it is thanks to these recommendations that I became a regular user of HopStop.) The acquisition of the company could therefore be a way of bringing this information back into Maps.

HopStop has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from investors, including Yaron Galai, CEO and co-founder of Outbrain. The company recently added participatory transit alerts to its system with the HopStop Live! characteristic. At the time, HopStop said it had over 2 million active users.

Earlier today, Apple confirmed that it acquired Locationary, a startup that merges and cleans up business location profiles.

Update: Here’s a confirmation, more or less, that I received from an Apple spokesperson: “Apple does buy smaller tech companies every now and then, and we don’t usually discuss our goal or our plans. “

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