The popular transit navigation app ceases operations next month.
HopStop is shutting down, the online city transit service announced today. HopStop was acquired by Apple in 2013. The navigation service will cease operations starting October this year, following the announcement of Apple’s iOS 9, which includes a new Apple Maps with transit directions.
The move is somewhat expected. Apple, keen to distance itself from using Google Maps, unveiled its own Maps app inside the iPhone 5. After being ridiculed for launching a rather lackluster Maps app, Apple acquired Locationary and HopStop around the same time. Apple shortly pulled HopStop on Android.
Apple didn’t issue a statement about the closing of HopStop. Perhaps, Apple didn’t see the need to explain itself. What’s clear is Apple is limiting HopStop’s useful features to its very own Maps application. It’s worth noting that HopStop’s technology is already baked into the new Apple Maps.
The battle for creating the perfect mapping service continues. Google, for its part, continues to improve its Google Maps service. Apple pushed harder by acquiring the GPS company Coherant Navigation this year. Apple also renewed its license with TomTom and deployed a battalion of Apple Maps vehicles around the world to collect data for its Apple Maps app.
So long, farewell, HopStop. Chinedu Echeruo, an investment banker, founded the company in 2005. HopStop was named one of the top 100 fastest growing US software companies in 2011. According to Fortune, Echeruo left the company in 2009 and started another company called Gigameet.
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