HopStop.com, a public transit and mapping directions service that spreads across more than 300 cities is set to shut down in October.
Founded in 2005 by one of Nigeria’s brightest brains, Chinedu Echeruo; HopStop was acquired by Apple two years ago for a fee reportedly in the region of $1bilion.
HopStop offers free customized public transit directions as well as other related features and information relevant to public. It is a kind of service that lets users get step-by-step public transit, walking, taxi, biking, and hourly car rental directions based on departure time, transportation mode and several others.
The app also enables users find subway or bus stops near an address, complete with transit maps and schedules with a feature known as Nearby Stations. Users can also calculate calories burned and per passenger carbon emissions saving for every transit route.
The popularity of the app, which could have been one of the reasons why Apple decided to shell out that huge sum of money to acquire it, is currently functional in metropolitan cities of the US, Canada and Europe.
Apple has been struggling to match up with Google in terms of its map services; and is now set to position its business to compete with the later with the acquisition and integration of HopStop into its maps. The shut down according to reports, will enable Apple to integrate the app’s technology into its own maps business.