Visual Positioning Systems

Christopher Beddow takes an in-depth look at Visual Positioning Systems (VPS), the solutions companies like Google, Niantic, or Snap have built, and what possibilities the technology opens.

VPS is naturally associated with Augmented Reality (AR), because of the way it enables AR services. It serves as one of several bridges between the more legacy geospatial topics like maps, data, location, and the world building that demands more than legacy systems typically offer.

Advancements in alternative positioning technologies seem to rekindle the hype around augmented reality. So far VPS is mainly used with video games and in product demonstrations of navigation technology, but I haven’t seen any applications of augmented reality beyond that.

But then there is, of course, the metaverse.