19 Jul '13, 11pm

HopStop Bought By Apple For Public Transit Data

Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Locationary , Apple has bought transit site and cityguide HopStop for an undisclosed amount. It’s an ugly site that has very useful public transit schedules, maps and related information. The value of the data to Apple Maps is obvious. HopStop launched in 2005 and evolved over the years into a local search site or cityguide to broaden its appeal. The core data and use case surround transit information however. Like Waze (recently acquired by Google) HopStop also offers crowdsourced and real-time information on traffic, transit and delays. HopStop says that it provides “door-to-door transit, walking, biking, and taxi directions in over 300 cities worldwide.” Its iOS and Android apps have also been very popular. The company received at least a couple of rounds of funding, although I was unable to determine precisely how much. Google pai...

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