Lightship VPS Concepts and Terminology

Niantic Wayspots are unique or notable, publicly accessible, real-world locations. A Niantic Wayspot can be VPS-activated, meaning that Lightship VPS will be able to localize at that Wayspot.

VPS-activated Wayspots are usually geographic points of interest, such as statues, murals, or building facades. Niantic has verified that VPS-activated Wayspots are in publicly accessible locations.

VPS-activated Wayspots are further classified as either Production or Experimental. Production VPS-activated Wayspots are expected to localize well under a wide range of conditions, while Experimental VPS-activated Wayspots may not localize as reliably.

For development and testing purposes, you can create a Private VPS Location, which is a non-Wayspot location that can be used for prototyping with Lightship VPS. You’ll submit a Private Scan of the location you want to use using the Niantic Wayfarer app. Private VPS Locations can only be accessed by you and are not added as part of Niantic’s AR map of the world.

Lightship VPS provides VPS Coverage Areas that are geographic regions where users can localize with VPS and interact with persistent AR content. A VPS Coverage Area shows the region around a VPS-activated Wayspot where users can localize.

Within the boundaries of a Coverage Area are typically one or more VPS Localization Targets. Localization Targets are real-world features that users target with their device to localize. Currently, Localization Targets correspond to VPS-activated Wayspots. In the future, the VPS Coverage API may also support other real world locations beyond Wayspots.

Wayspot Anchors enable content to be “anchored” at a particular VPS-activated location with a consistent, stable pose that persists across AR sessions and users. The VPS Wayspot Anchor API tracks the user’s position and returns corrected Wayspot Anchor pose information.