Following Apple’s acquisition of mapping service HopStop earlier this month, today the iPhone app receives an update with some notable new features. Much like the functionality Google scooped up with its purchase of Waze, HopStop for iPhone today implemented a real-time incident reporting feature called ‘HopStop Live’.
You can now report real-time Delays, Crowds, Incidents, Service Changes, Station Closures, Broken Elevators, Suggestions, and Complaints with HopStop Live!
The new feature comes alongside support for additional cities in UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, and Israel, bringing HopStop’s total to over 600 cities worldwide.
Crowd sourced reporting is something that a lot of third-party mapping apps are utilizing, and recently Apple detailed a system for crowd-sourced route ratings and real-time traffic alerts in a patent filing. Apple could also be looking to improve its transit directions with help from HopStop’s transit, walking, biking, and taxi directions for over 1,000 transit agencies in over 750 cities, but it would be nice to see some of the app’s new real-time reporting features in an upcoming version of Apple’s Maps app.
Earlier this month Apple also picked up Canadian mapping company Locationary to reportedly help beef up its local business listings and search features.