Lightship VPS
The key to building immersive AR experiences at real-world locations is here.
With the Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS) developers now have the power to determine a user’s position and orientation with centimeter-level accuracy — in seconds.
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Accurately localize users
Before you can build immersive AR experiences at real-world locations, you need to know the exact position and orientation of your users. With only a single image frame, Lightship VPS swiftly and accurately determines a user’s position and orientation.
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Persist AR content across sessions and users
Developers now have the power to place AR content and have it persist across sessions at any VPS-activated location.

Realize the real-world AR experiences you’ve been dreaming of — from building a collaborative art installation, to designing a scavenger hunt, to guiding users on a historical walking tour.

Real-world AR experiences are waiting for you
Lightship VPS provides the tools you need to develop compelling location-based AR experiences — all that’s left is for you to build with it.
Built on Niantic Map

Lightship VPS is powered by our third-generation, 3D map for spatial computing. See where you can use VPS below.

Available at hundreds of thousands of locations around the world
Lightship VPS is currently available at over 170,000 Niantic Map locations (and counting) with particularly robust coverage in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, London, and Tokyo.
Built with Niantic developers, surveyors, and players
To create Niantic Map, we collaboratively collect millions of scans of real-world locations. Once a location is sufficiently scanned, we’re able to activate it on Lightship VPS and developers can use it to build persistent location-based AR experiences. Developers can also add their own locations to Niantic Map at any time.
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