Island Free Press: Paper Nautical Charts Will Disappear as Waterway Maps Become Digitized

Island Free Press: Paper Nautical Charts Will Disappear as Waterway Maps Become Digitized. “Paper nautical charts will soon be sinking into the horizon, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month announced its plan to sunset over five years the hard copy maps of the nation’s waterways. Although NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has for years offered several digital formats for raster charts – that is, the electronic version of the paper chart – to print or download, the paper charts have also been provided by request. The electronic charts have been available since 1993.”

Noted: The little known story of the great Polynesian migration and its radical navigators

Noted: The little known story of the great Polynesian migration and its radical navigators. “The stories of how a team of three celestial navigators guided them 4300km across the Pacific Ocean, relying solely on the technology available to the Polynesian wayfinders who preceeded them, have been uploaded to the website, which was being furiously readied for launch as this story was published. Next, the film crew is shifting its attention from the sea to the land, travelling around the country to record stories of Māori innovation and create a digital archive as a gift to the nation.”

Quartz: Google Maps has found a better way to navigate India’s chaotic roads

Quartz: Google Maps has found a better way to navigate India’s chaotic roads. “Mapping a city like New York, where streets and avenues are neatly arranged in a grid, is a piece of cake. But a city in India is a different animal. So, on March 13, internet search giant Google launched a suite of new features to make getting around the streets and lanes in India easier. From generating unique area-specific codes to using nearby landmarks to navigate to allowing users to add addresses that don’t appear on Maps yet, Google is attempting to bring order to the chaos.”

Ship Technology: Rolls-Royce teams up with Google to further develop autonomous ship solutions

Ship Technology: Rolls-Royce teams up with Google to further develop autonomous ship solutions. “Rolls-Royce has entered a deal with Google to further develop its intelligent awareness systems, which are able to help make existing vessels safer and assist in the development of autonomous ships. The arrangement will see Rolls-Royce make use of Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to provide additional training to its artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system, which is used to detect, identify and track objects a vessel can encounter at sea.”

Google Maps Is Getting Easier to Use Offline

Google Maps is getting easier to use offline. “Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.”