MySQL 5.7: a GIS Reborn
MySQL is reemerging within the spatial world in version 5.7 as we replace much of the old foundation by incorporating Boost.Geometry, by adding R-tree index support to the InnoDB engine, and by adding a number of helper functions (e.g. ST_Distance_Sphere). We've also begun paving the way for even more functionality moving forward, such as Projections and Geography.
I will walk you through all of the new spatial features in MySQL 5.7, show some brief examples of how you can use them, and finally discuss where we'd like to go with future releases of MySQL.