This Mapbox Python SDK reads Mapbox Vector Tiles and allows access to the layers and features. The Vector-tile-py library parses Vector Tiles using the Mapbox Vector Tile Specification which is a specification for encoding tiled vector data. Vector tiles are the vector data equivalent of image tiles for web mapping, that apply the strengths of tiling and were developed for caching, scaling and serving map imagery rapidly into vector data. Mapbox is an open source mapping platform for developers.
While many are excited about live traffic data on firm ground, others have turned their attention to the other 3/4 of the earth. According to The Map Room, many ships are required to carry transponders to broadcast their location. The result is a lot of public marine data and the perfect situation for a classic map mashup.