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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The folks and VW and Stanford are working on Shelley, “an Audi TTS that has been equipped with GPS receivers and can be programmed to follow any route using a digital map. The research team has developed computer algorithms that let the car make real-time adjustments to the terrain and calculate how fast it can go without spinning out of control.” It will “race” up Pike’s Peak on its own in September well after the June 27 the well-known auto race (88th annual “Race to the Clouds”) on the same terrain. The first female winner of that race, Michelle Mouton, provided the car’s name.

- AP

April 15 is tax day in the US, but GPS day in India. The country’s first nav satellite will head to orbit, to be followed by three more as part of “Geo Augmented Navigational system (GAGAN) aimed at enhancing satellite signals to the levels needed for a GPS programme.” The goal is an “Indian regional navigational satellite system which is to be in place by 2014. When fully operational, it will cover the entire Indian landmass with an additional range of 1,500 km.” Ok, I give up, GPS is generic now, like Kleenex; it clearly does not refer to the US’s GNSS anymore but the technology. Sorry GNSS folks, your goal of introducing that term has failed in the public press.

- Times of India

You likely heard of a Chinese ship hitting the fragile Great Barrier Reef of the coast of Australia earlier this week. It turns out the crash may have been a result of user error related to GPS. The plan was to use the automatically determine route in the area of Douglas Shoal and North Reef, but a second mate asked the Captain if he could follow a slightly shorter route, one he charted on paper. The Captain agreed and the vessel set off. However, the new route was not entered into the GPS which enables an alarm system when the vessel strays for the planned path. That warning system did not go off since the path planned was not input.

- Sydney Morning Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/15 at 07:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“GIS holds many promises in the development of ‘Digital Bangladesh’. Our government should take measures in the development and establishment of this technology in Bangladesh that will open up many areas of economic and social developments. “

- Editorial in Financial Express by Sayed Javed Ahmad arguing for GIS to protect Bangladesh’s environment

The BBC is launching two short TV series on mapping: Maps: Power, Plunder And Possession tells the epic and beautiful story of cartography, from hammered rock art to satellite images of Google Earth, in three episodes. The Beauty Of Maps tackles cartography.

The series are in support of the British Library’s exhibition ‘Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art’ (30 April-19 September), curated by Peter Barber.

Update: The BBC Magazine covers Why a map is a window into history (5/3/10)

- Kunstpedia Blog

How do figure out the relative value of landscapes in game reserves in the Eastern Cape, in Africa? A NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University student Kristine Maciejewski, 28, is studying that as part of her PhD, under the auspices of the university’s Centre for African Conservation Ecology. She’s using GPS to track vehicles touring game reserves, collecting the data including how long the vehicles stop (ideally I guess to watch animals), combining this with tourist interviews and hoping to build a map of well used and underused locations. The results, she explained to the local paper “will hopefully prove an invaluable aid to reserve managers, for pinpointing exactly what their tourists want to see, and for guiding infrastructure investment in especially these road networks.”

- The Weekend Post

Australia needs more geospatial professionals. That’s what University of New South Wales Professor, Chris Rizos, told a world surveying congress, FIG, in Sydney. Strangely, he cited a US study: “A recent US survey suggested that people with these skills are now required across 146 of the fastest growing occupations.”

- Image and Data Manager

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/15 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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