A leading world-wide map standard
for automotive grade use

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:

  • The fast extension of the NDS standard focusing on innovation for map-related automotive applications
  • The promotion of the NDS standard to increase its adoption in the world-wide automotive market through ease of use and efficient implementation
  • Securing the freedom to operate the NDS standard
  • The certification of conformity with the NDS standard

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.

On February 16, 2017 the sixth OADF meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium (show summary). The next meeting is on May 22, 2017 in North America (TBC).

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

more releases

News

  • NDS released the NDS Open Lane Model (download); Press Release available in English, French, German and Japanese.
  • NDS Asian meeting took place at MXNAVI Shenyang from 10-13 October 2016.
  • 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).
  • 2017: NDS welcomes its new member Pioneer!

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

NDS association member companies have different backgrounds:

  • Car Manufacturers
  • Application/Compiler Developers
  • Map Data Providers
  • Service Providers


NDS Products

EB street director
Product picture EB_street_director
Brand EB+Elektrobit_RGB
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
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
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
Region Worldwide including Europe, North America, China
Year of release 2014
Daimler Vehicles with Garmin MAP PILOT Entry Navigation
Product picture daimler
Brand Daimler
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
Region Global
Year of release 2014
More information Link
TomTom Online Routing
Product picture LogoWhite
Brand TomTom
Region Global
Year of release 2014
More information Link
TomTom Online Maps
Product picture
Brand TomTom
Region Global
Year of release 2015
More information Link
Volvo SPA Infotainment
Product picture
Brand HERE
Region Worldwide, except for Japan
Year of release 2016
More information Link

News - Recent Activities

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • The 6th Open Auto Drive Forum meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium on February 16, 2017 (show article).
    5thoadf
    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

  • 16.05.2017: NDS General Assembly 2017
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 EECF/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: