Apple to acquire online transit navigation tool


Apple Inc. agreed to buy online transit-navigation service Inc., people with knowledge of the deal said, seeking to improve mapping tools after a rocky debut for its directions software last year.

AllThingsD reported Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple is purchasing Locationary Inc., a Toronto-based company focused on business-location maps.

Mapping software Apple debuted in September with the iPhone 5 has been faulted for getting users lost and for its lack of public transportation directions. HopStop gives the fastest way to travel by foot, bike, subway, and car in 500 cities; Locationary helps find businesses.