I have been playing with the HopStop app on my iPad and iPhone...
I am impressed!
The UI takes a little getting used to, but it gives good results AFAICT.
I haven't commuted in years -- But these worked:
• Toledo Ave St Louis Park, MN to 44th and France Minneapolis, MN (walk, taxi)
• Des Plaines, IL to Fox River Grove, IL (train)
I think where HopStop will really be a benefit is when the transit is combined with Apple Maps. For example, If you want to commute between Paris Gare De Lyon and Vincennes...
Apple Maps currently gives you 14-minute (traffic permitting) driving instructions via the Arc De Triomphe -- AIR, it was a 10-minute train ride in 1973.
Currently there is no Apple transit solution for this -- Google Maps Shows a single 5-minute train ride, but, oddly, doesn't give much detail (return, schedule, etc.).
With the addition of Locationary and HopStop to Apple Maps, I can see it fairly easy to target certain stations like Gare De Lyon and then crowd-source capture/maintain all the train schedules for that station...
It's just a matter of identifying and prioritizing...
Just for drill, I thought I take a stab at getting the train schedule between Gare De Lyon and Vincennes...
Again, I haven't used public transit for years and am out of touch with how/where to find train schedules, etd.
Anyway, it took me about 15 minutes to figure out the flow, and here's what I found:
Here's the thing... Once I got my feet wet, It was pretty easy to determine schedule (I didn't investigate ticket prices, passes, etc).
I can envision people working-from-home competing to earn (whatever) rewards/payment by creating and maintaining transit schedules all over the world. They could use:
- Desktop Apple Maps (or any of the various web maps) to locate POIs Stations, etc.
- Web Browsers to research and gather schedules and other transit info
- Enter and maintain the transit/POI/Schedule data using the Locationary APIs
- Verify the data using Apple Maps, Locationary and HopStop.
Once entered and verified, Apple would be notified and could approve/expose the data to all users of maps -- and reward/pay the creator for his efforts!Ah... shit!
I just realized that these "Apple Map Content Creators"
are just "Apple Developers"
by another name -- and the infrastructure already exists within Apple to approve and distribute the content and pay the creators. ** Ha! Maybe that's why the Apple Developer Sites are down for so long!
And much of the transit data is ephemeral for particular user/uses... I Only needed the Vincennes train schedule for a 2-week business trip to Paris... Others may never need it!
So, for mobile you would likely download and cache only the transit data to satisfy your anticipated, current and recurring needs -- but for trip planning on the desktop or web, you would want all the transit info searchable from Apple's Servers... so you could compare alternate travel options, etc.Edited by Dick Applebaum - 7/20/13 at 10:27am