Apple might have missed out on buying Waze, which was eventually snapped by Google, but that hasn t slowed down the Cupertino-based company, and it is still looking for ways to boost its native mapping app. After filing a patent for a new navigation technology earlier this month, Apple is now believed to be close to acquiring an online transit-navigation service called HopStop, Bloomberg reports. Also Read - Coronavirus: Apple Mobility data reveals more than 70 percent decline in walking and driving after lockdown
HopStop, founded in 2005, is a New York-based company that provides users in over six countries the best way to reach one s destination using public transport, bike or walking if it is close enough. HopStop s cartographic expertise would provide a new dimension to Apple s maps.
In addition to HopStop, AllThingsD reports that Apple is also close to acquiring a crowdsourced location data service called Locationary, which again would boost its native map. This Toronto-based company is sometimes also called the Wikipedia of local business listings, as it uses real-time data from users about local businesses and places worth visiting. The best feature about this service is that it is always up-to-date and users will also be notified if the place is shut at that moment for renovations, etc.