THE worldwide standard for map data
in automotive eco-systems

What is the NDS Association?

NDS is a registered association with the vision of providing a leading world-wide map standard for automotive grade use. The NDS Association consists of car manufacturers, application/compiler developers, map and service providers.

What is the situation?

  • Worldwide success of navigation, but high effort maintaining proprietary formats
  • Cost is the challenge in a competitive market

The mission of the NDS Association

The NDS association innovates automotive grade map technology by defining the NDS standard with the following objectives:

  • Technical furtherance of the development of a standard for data used for navigation and map-based driver assistance as well as selected interfaces.
  • Standardized methods and solutions for the effective use and update of navigation data.
  • Furtherance of the dissemination of the standard for navigation data.
  • Licensing of the standard for navigation data.
  • Certification of the conformity of navigation data with the standard and certification of the conformity of systems with the standard, which support interfaces of the navigation data.

In order to fulfil this mission, the NDS Association supports NDS projects, evolves the standard and grows the association.

Open Auto Drive Forum

The Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) is a platform for all stakeholders in the area of digital maps and autonomous driving.

The 11th OADF meeting is hosted on February 5, 2019 by Volkswagen in Belmont, CA, USA. The registration will open soon. If you want the be on the mailing list for the event, please contact .


  • NDS released the NDS Open Lane Model (download); Press Release available in English, French, German and Japanese.
  • 2017: NDS welcomes its new members EnGIS, Pioneer and Renault!
  • May 2017: Dr. Sasse (NavInfo) and J. Angenvoort (Garmin) were re-elected as SC Chairman/Vice Chairman.
  • 2018: By end of 2017, the NDS membes have certified the impressive number of 553 NDS products.
  • 2018: NDS welcomes its new members Bertrandt, Kuandeng and SK Telecom!

more news


NDS at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen!

NDS will be represented at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen on September 17-21.

  • 20.09.2018 at 11:00: Join the panel discussion we have organized with the other Open Auto Dive Forum members: 'SIS66: Open Auto Drive Forum: A New Cooperation Approach for an Automated Driving Ecosystem'. If you are working with digital maps, ADAS systems, traffic information, sharing of sensor data in the cloud or automated driving this is the place to be.
  • 17-21.09.2018: Visit us at the NDS booth for learning about NDS (C1-120)!

Releases of NDS

  • 01.02.2018: Release of NDS version 2.4.5
  • 13.03.2018: Release of NDS version 2.5.3
  • 11.06.2018: Release of NDS version 2.4.6

more releases

The Standard - Features of NDS

The NDS standard provides:

Compatibility and interoperability

Compatibility and interoperability for the exchange of map data between NDS compliant systems is the key objective of the NDS format.

Separation of application software & map data

In today’s navigation systems the application software and the map data are combined. A separation of the two creates the desired flexibility between NDS compliant systems.


At present, a variety of different update media and several update mechanisms are available for several in-car systems or mobile clients. NDS provides a harmonised format for different systems, and flexibility regarding map composing and map update.

Further features / objectives

Beside the features mentioned above, NDS assures:

  • World-wide usability
  • Format compactness and efficiency
  • Support of different distribution and work media
  • Map enhancements like 3D objects and detailed maps for cities as well as driver assistance functions
  • Flexibility in terms of extension and inclusion of proprietary data
  • Prevention of illegal copying
  • Validation of the format interoperability by a conformance checking tool

The Navigation Data Standard is also described in Wikipedia articles in Chinese, English, German and Japanese.

Partners - The Team

Vehicle Manufacturers

Application/Compiler Developers, Map Data Providers, Service Providers

Selected NDS Products

EB street director
Product picture EB_street_director
Brand EB+Elektrobit_RGB
NDS versions 2.3, 2.4
Region Worldwide, except for Japan and Korea
Year of release 2006 / 2014 (NDS support)
More information Link
EB Assist ADASISv2 Map Information Toolbox (including EB street director ADASISv2 Horizon Provider)
Product picture EB_Assist_Electronic_horizon_solution
Brand EB+Elektrobit_RGB
NDS versions
Region Worldwide, except for Japan and Korea (map material not included)
Year of release 2015
More information Link
Compilation for Garmin NTG5E for Mercedes Benz Map Pilot
Product picture Bild1 (2)
Brand logo-mapscape
NDS versions
Region Worldwide including Europe, North America, China
Year of release 2013
Volkswagen – Discover Media
Product picture 2-VW-Navi-Einbau
Suppliers EB
NDS versions 2.3.2
Region Worldwide including Europe, North America, China
Year of release 2014
Daimler Vehicles with Garmin MAP PILOT Entry Navigation
Product picture daimler
Brand Daimler
NDS versions
Region Europe, North-America
Year of release C-Class March 2014, V-Class May 2014
More information Link
TomTom NDS Maps
Product picture puzzlepiece
Brand TomTom
NDS versions 2.4
Region Global
Year of release 2014
More information Link
TomTom Online Routing
Product picture LogoWhite
Brand TomTom
NDS versions
Region Global
Year of release 2014
More information Link
TomTom Online Maps
Product picture
Brand TomTom
NDS versions
Region Global
Year of release 2015
More information Link
Volvo SPA Infotainment
Product picture
Brand HERE
NDS versions 2.2.1
Region Worldwide, except for Japan
Year of release 2016
More information Link

News - Recent Activities


  • Philip Hubertus from HERE spoke on NDS and the Open Auto Drive Forum at the Autonomous Vehicle Symposium on June 5, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany (download presentation).
  • The NDS General Assembly 2018 was hosted on May 24 by Navis AMS in Busan, South Korea. In the assembly, Elektrobit (Mr. Martin Schleicher) was elected as new Chairman and NavInfo (Mr. Nico Glorius) was elected as new Vice-Chairman.
    General Assembly 2018 hosted by Navis AMS in Busan, South Korea
  • The 9th Open Auto Drive Forum meeting took place at NNG in Budapest, Hungary on March 6, 2018 (show article).
    The OADF Steering Committee with the host of the meeting

former events/publications/presentations

Recent and Upcoming Meetings

  • 15.11.2018: NDS SC Meeting
  • 07.11.2018: NDS TC Meeting
  • 13.09.2018: NDS SC Meeting
  • 06.09.2018: NDS TC Meeting
  • 12.07.2018: 10th OADF meeting in Wuhan, China
  • 21.06.2018: NDS SC Meeting
  • 14.06.2018: NDS TC Meeting
  • 24.05.2018: NDS SC/TC Meeting
  • 24.05.2018: NDS General Assembly 2018
  • 12.04.2018: NDS SC meeting
  • 21.03.2018: NDS TC meeting
  • 06.03.2018: 9th OADF meeting in Budapest, Hungary
  • 07.02.2018: NDS SC meeting
  • 31.01.2018: NDS TC meeting

Releases of NDS

  • 11.06.2018: Release of NDS version 2.4.6
  • 13.03.2018: Release of NDS version 2.5.3
  • 01.02.2018: Release of NDS version 2.4.5
  • 03.07.2017: Release of NDS version 2.5.2
  • 27.01.2017: Release of NDS version 2.4.4
  • 17.10.2016: Release of NDS version 2.5.1
  • 31.05.2016: Release of NDS version 2.5.0
  • 04.02.2016: Release of NDS version 2.4.3
  • 30.01.2015: Release of NDS version 2.4.2
  • 24.04.2014: Release of NDS version 2.4.1
  • 22.04.2014: Release of NDS version 2.4.0
  • 15.04.2014: Release of NDS version 2.3.3
  • 05.07.2013: Release of NDS version 2.3.2
  • 15.11.2012: Release of NDS version 2.3.1
  • 02.11.2012: Release of NDS version 2.3
  • 10.02.2012: Release of NDS version 2.2.1
  • 26.06.2011: Patch release
  • 15.03.2010: Release of NDS version 2.1.1

Contact - Get in Touch


Navigation Data Standard (NDS) e.V.
c/o Dr. Markus Junker
Irion & Junker Projektmanagement GmbH
Am Rechental 17
D-66903 Gries, Germany

Phone: +49 6373 8941 43
Fax: +49 6373 8941 56

Legal Address

Navigation Data Standard (NDS) e.V.
c/o EEMF/2, Navigation
Volkswagen AG
Berliner Ring 2
D-38440 Wolfsburg, Germany

VR 200738, Amtsgericht Braunschweig
Tax Identification Number 19/218/13587

Board Address

Navigation Data Standard (NDS) e.V.


Chairman Mr. Martin Schleicher
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
Am Wolfsmantel 46
91058 Erlangen, Germany


Vice-Chairman Mr. Nico Glorius
NavInfo Co. Ltd
Tower A, NavInfo Mansion
Fenghao East Road, Haidan District
Beijing, P.R. China

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