A leading world-wide map standard
for automotive grade use

What is the NDS Association?

The NDS Association is the nonprofit organization that provides the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) specification, which is a standard stored format for an automotive-grade map for in-vehicle applications including navigation, driver assistance, and automated driving.

The NDS Association consists of car manufacturers, application developers, map compilation companies, map providers, and online service providers.

History

The NDS Association was set up to reduce industry inefficiency in compiling multiple proprietary navigation map formats by defining a standard compiled map format that could be used across multiple navigation applications developed by different companies. NDS has enabled the separation of the stored map format from the application software that uses it. NDS is an advanced map format that supports an extensive set of application features, with geographic and functional modularity and incremental updating.

The NDS format has since been extended to support more than navigation applications, including driver assistance systems and automated driving systems, which will enable autonomously driven vehicles.

Purpose

The purpose of the NDS Association is to further develop the standard and to promote its effective use.

NDS is continuously developed to respond to evolution of the automotive industry with such trends as connected cars, sensors, electrification, and automated vehicles. NDS must continuously improve its support for existing and emerging application requirements. NDS should support innovation in map-based automotive applications, which increasingly support online components.

Like any standard, the industry value of NDS is increased by wide and effective use. The NDS Association contributes to effective use by developing a good and well-described standard and by helping companies take advantage of that standard through e.g. certification of conformance to the standard.

Development priorities

The NDS Association backlog for further NDS development includes:

  • Worldwide usability
  • Format compactness and efficiency
  • Interoperability with interfaces of complementary standards
  • Support of different distribution and work media
  • Advanced map content and display layers
  • Support of driver assistance and automated driving functions
  • Flexibility in terms of extension and the inclusion of proprietary data
  • Validation of the format interoperability by a conformance checking tool suite
  • Industry access via NDS IP licensing and evaluation agreements
  • Support for map content protection

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.

On May 22, 2017 the 7th OADF meeting took place in Lincolnshire/Chicago, IL, USA (show summary). The 8th meeting of the forum will be hosted on Nov 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The registration is now open!

Releases of NDS

  • 30.01.2015: Release of NDS version 2.4.2
  • 04.02.2016: Release of NDS version 2.4.3
  • 31.05.2016: Release of NDS version 2.5.0
  • 17.10.2016: Release of NDS version 2.5.1
  • 27.01.2017: Release of NDS version 2.4.4
  • 03.07.2017: Release of NDS version 2.5.2

more releases

News

  • 2016: 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

more on news/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.

Updates

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 robinos Predictor
Brand EB+Elektrobit_RGB
NDS versions 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
More information Link
EB robinos Provider for EB Assist ADTF
Brand EB+Elektrobit_RGB
NDS versions 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
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
Brand VW SEAT SKODA
Suppliers EB
navinfologo-mapscape
Techni
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

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • The 7th Open Auto Drive Forum meeting took place in Lincolnshire (Chicago), IL, USA on May 22, 2017(show article).
    7thoadf
    Discussion with Participants of 7th OADF Meeting
  • The NDS General Assembly on May 16, 2017 was hosted by Preh Car Connect in Dresden.
    GA_2017_Dresden
    The NDS General Assembly at Preh Car Connect
  • The 6th Open Auto Drive Forum meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium on February 16, 2017 (show article).
    7thoadf
    Chairmen of ADASIS, NDS and TISA at the 6th OADF Meeting in Brussels, Belgiums
  • The NDS Chairman Dr. Sasse joined the Opening Panel of the WHERECAMP on November 3rd, 2016 in Berlin (video) and gave an interview in the 'Mobile Business' released on December 16, 2016 (article).
  • The 5th Open Auto Drive Forum meeting took place in Beijing, China on October 14, 2016. It was the first meeting in Asia (show summary).
    5thoadf
    Open Auto Drive Forum Beijing, China
  • On June 29, 2016 NDS co-organized the fourth OADF meeting in San Jose, CA, USA. This first meeting outside of Europe attracted 85 participants (show summary)
    Open Auto Drive Forum San Jose, CA, USA
  • On June 21, 2016, the NDS General Assembly took place at NNG in Budapest. In the meeting NavInfo (Dr. V. Sasse) was confirmed as Chairman for another term and Garmin Würzburg (J. Angenvoort) was elected as new Vice Chairman.
    The NDS General Assembly at NNG
  • On April 12, 2016, the third meeting of the Open Auto Drive Forum took place at TomTom in Amsterdam with more than 70 participants from more than 50 organisations. The participants of the meeting include ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS and TISA (show summary).
    Group photo on the TomTom roof terrace
  • NDS co-organised the second Open Forum on Autonomous Driving with 35 stakeholders on February 23, 2016 (show summary).
    Parallel Breakout Sessions during 2nd Open Auto Drive Forum
  • NDS introduced to ‘Digital Maps for Highly-Automated Driving’ at the Meetup ‘Silicon Valley Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiasts’ on January 11, 2016
    Meetup in Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • 15.12.2015: Together with ADASIS and SENSORIS, NDS co-organised the first Open Forum on Autonomous Driving with participants from more than 30 stakeholders
    First Automated Driving Open Forum at HERE in Schwalbach
  • NDS was represented with a talk at the ‘Electronics in Vehicles 2015′ on October 14, 2015 in Baden-Baden (download)
  • NDS was represented with a talk at the ‘ITS 2015′ on October 06, 2015 in Bordeaux (download)
  • Release of printed flyer ‘NDS success stories from 2014′ (download)
  • Presentation ‘Navigation Data Standard (NDS) – A new era of navigation solutions’ at ‘Elektrobit Automotive Day’ in September 2014  (download)

Recent and Upcoming Meetings

  • 13.11.2017: 8th OADF meeting in Tokio, Japan
  • 07-08.11.2017: NDS TC/SC meetings
  • 21.09.2017: NDS SC meeting
  • 13.09.2017: NDS TC meeting
  • 21-22.06.2017: NDS TC/SC meetings
  • 16.05.2017: NDS General Assembly2017
  • 28-29.03.2017: NDS TC/SC meetings
  • 22.02.2017: NDS TC meeting
  • 25-26.01.2017: NDS SC meeting
  • 09-10.11.2016: NDS TC and SC meeting
  • 27.10.2016: NDS SC meeting
  • 21-22.09.2016: NDS TC and SC meeting
  • 21.06.2016: NDS General Assembly and joint SC/TC meeting
  • 28.04.2016: NDS SC meeting
  • 27.04.2017: NDS TC meeting
  • 16.03.2016: NDS SC meeting
  • 15.03.2016: NDS TC meeting
  • 04.02.2016: NDS TC meeting
  • 27.01.2016: NDS SC meeting
  • 18-19.11.2015: NDS SC meeting
  • 18.11.2015: NDS TC meeting
  • 19.11.2015: NDS SC meeting
  • 18.11.2015: NDS TC meeting
  • 16.09.2015: NDS SC meeting
  • 10.09.2015: NDS TC meeting
  • 01.07.2015: NDS General Assembly at HERE in Berlin, joint NDS SC/TC meeting
    General Assembly 2015 at HERE in Berlin
  • 19.05.2015: NDS TC Meeting at TechniSat in Dresden
  • 06.05.2015: NDS SC Meeting at Elektrobit in Erlangen
  • 19.03.2015: NDS TC Meeting at Elektrobit in Erlangen
  • 12.03.2015: NDS SC Meeting at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg
  • 28.01.2015: NDS TC Meeting at TomTom in Harsum
  • 08.01.2015: NDS SC Meeting at Daimler in Böblingen
  • 18-19.11.2014: NDS Technical and Steering Committee meetings in Eindhoven
  • 18.09.2014: NDS SC meeting in Erlangen
  • 09.09.2014: NDS TC meeting in Garching
  • 30.07.2014: NDS SC meeting in Hannover
  • 25.06.2014: NDS TC meeting in Hildesheim
  • 04.06.2014: General Assembly and joint SC/TC meeting
    NDS General Assembly on 2014-06-04
    General Assembly 2014 in Amsterdam
  • 07.05.2014: NDS TC meeting in Hildesheim
  • 09.04.2014: NDS SC meeting in Berlin
  • 05.02.2014: NDS TC meeting in Würzburg
  • 30.01.2014: NDS SC meeting in Würzburg
  • 21.11.2013: NDS TC meeting in Erlangen
  • 20.11.2013: NDS SC meeting in Erlangen
  • 24.09.2013: NDS SC meeting in Wolfsburg
  • 05.09.2013: NDS TC meeting in Erlangen
  • 30.07.2013: NDS SC meeting in Stuttgart
  • 25.06.2013: NDS TC meeting in Erlangen
  • 04.06.2013: General Assembly and joint SC/TC meeting in Hannover
    General Assembly 2013 in Hannover
    General Assembly 2013 in Hanover
  • 18.04.2013: NDS TC meeting in Würzburg
  • 11.04.2013: NDS SC meeting in Böblingen
  • 18-21.03.2013: NDS Workshop Days in Beijing
  • 13.02.2013: NDS TC meeting in Harsum
  • 29.01.2013: NDS SC meeting in Berlin
  • 21.11.2012: NDS SC meeting in Munich
  • 15.11.2012: NDS TC meeting in Schwalbach
  • 20-21.09.2012: NDS Workshop Days in Shanghai
  • 19.09.2012: NDS Public Day in Shanghai
  • 12.09.2012: NDS TC meeting in Garching
  • 18.07.2012: Steering Committee meeting in Berlin
  • 28.06.2012: Technical Committee meeting in Erlangen
  • 30.05.2012: General Assembly in Munich

Releases of NDS

  • 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 2.1.1.10
  • 15.03.2010: Release of NDS version 2.1.1

Contact - Get in Touch

Administration

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
E-Mail:

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 Dr. Volker Sasse
NavInfo Co. Ltd.
F16-17, TowerA, Beijing Phoenix Place
A-5, Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100028, China
Phone: +49 941 30 79 50 90 (office Germany)
Mobile: +49 176 10 21 90 90
E-Mail:

 

Vice-Chairman Mr. Johannes Angenvoort
Garmin Würzburg GmbH
Beethovenstrasse 1a+b
97080 Würzburg, Germany
Phone: +49 931 3573 2143
E-Mail: