Still unsure of something? Check below for answers to common questions.
Where is your Visual Positioning service available?
Currently, our visual positioning service is available within London.
More cities will be announced shortly, which will be rolled out one-by-one.
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How long does a location request take?
Today, a localization request takes approximately 2 – 3 seconds on a 3G connection.
After querying our Visual Positioning Service API, ScapeKit returns your device’s absolute position in geographical coordinates, within areas that we have mapped. This allows your camera to ‘lock on’ to a given location, in order to display AR content around that area.
Having localized, the system then supports various external tracking libraries such as ARKit or ARCore to track the relative position of your device.
Does it work indoors?
As we return your device’s absolute location in longitude and latitude, our server-side Visual Positioning Service is optimized for outdoor situations.
Can I use Scape’s Visual Positioning Service for non-AR applications e.g. autonomous vehicles or drones?
Yes, we are working on a public API that will allow any device to determine its location, given an image as an input, regardless of what use-case or platform you are targeting.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in exploring non-AR applications and one of the team will get back to you.
How do you handle data? Is my data safe?
Handling user data privately & safely is vital to the success of our company. It’s why we have gone above and beyond to ensure all our processes are GDPR compliant.
To ensure your data is safe, we have developed a process to identify and obscure personally identifiable information from images. It’s also why we have decided to collect HD map data ourselves, rather than rely on crowdsourcing data with users of our Visual Positioning Service.
For more information about how we are ensuring your privacy, please email email@example.com and one of the team will get back to you.
Do you provide semantic information?
The Vision Engine underlying ScapeKit does generate semantic labels as visual data is processed. This helps us retain user privacy by removing sensitive content, like cars and people. It also helps us build better maps, by automatically removing objects that are not useful for determining an accurate location.
However, we do not expose this semantic information via the ScapeKit SDK today.