Ready for bus route and train trip navigation baked right into Apple Maps? Well, it looks like we might get that soon: Apple has acquired HopStop, a service that helps users navigate bus, train and subway routes, as reported earlier by Bloomberg.
HopStop is accessible via the web as well as iOS and Android apps. The service is active in 140 metro areas in the U.S. and six other countries, including England and Russia.
An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the acquisition on Friday, saying “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
When Apple Maps was introduced as part of iOS 6 last fall, it was very noticeably missing public transportation directions — only car and walking directions are available. As a compromise, Apple Maps will direct users to a different app that provides public transportation. Apple acquiring a transit app would pretty much set it up to include bus and subway routes right into its own app.
It’s the second location company Apple has recently acquired. Earlier Friday, AllThingsD reported that Apple had purchased Canadian mapping startup Locationary.
This post was updated at 3:16 p.m. PT with confirmation from Apple.