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Navigation Data Standard

The worldwide standard
for map data in
automotive eco-systems

Connected

NDS is for in-vehicle navigation and for ADAS and e-horizon safety systems. It is for mobile companion apps, connected car cloud solutions, and for autonomous driving.
It evolves with the market needs as NDS is for the automotive industry, by the automotive industry.

Flexible

NDS offers a well-defined spec for how to store map data and it allows flexibility for customized user experiences.

The NDS specification covers the data model, storage format, interfaces, and protocols.

Worldwide

NDS maps work worldwide and are globally adopted. 

NDS members and map coverage include North America, EMEA, APAC, including China, South Korea, and Japan.

NDS is more than a map:
It’s how we will drive tomorrow

Tomorrow’s vehicles will combine map and sensor data for advanced driving automation.
A standardized map will provide location references enabling the fusion of map and sensor data. We, the NDS Association members, believe that a common map standard is essential for creating a network effect. Because the automotive industry needs to work together on sharing data:

The automotive industry needs to work together on sharing data

And we believe, maps should serve as a common location reference, the common canvas on which vehicle and infrastructure sensor data combine to paint a realistic picture of the world. The map helps the car understand the world around it. And the map also includes the data that vehicle and infrastructure sensors cannot provide.

The map required for automated driving is a high definition map that enables vehicles to precisely locate themselves and data to be geo-referenced to precise locations. NDS offers the data specification for this kind of high definition map. Organized into specific building blocks, the data is layered with interconnected references. Distinct building blocks are defined for lane level data, localization data, obstacles data, and the routing building block with the link network and road topology. The combination of all these building blocks is designed specifically to support automated driving. In addition to a full database, the data relevant for automated driving can be rendered in tile form via an API.

Join the
NDS Association

  • Use NDS specification and technologies in your automotive projects
  • Actively join the working sessions to define additions and future versions of NDS to meet your needs
  • Use the NDS testing, validation, and certification tools
  • Participate in research and pre-development for automotive technologies

The NDS Association members are car manufacturers, application/compiler developers, as well as map and service providers. 

The NDS standardization work is organized by the NDS Association, a legal entity according to German Law, who owns shared IP and safeguards members from litigation between members on foreground IP owned by the individual members.

NDS Association
Members

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News & Updates

WHITE PAPER

New NDS White Paper:
The Benefits of a Common Map Data Standard for Autonomous Driving

28. Juni 2019
Our white paper lays out the NDS view point on sensor data, the need for common data standards, and why map data is important for autonomous driving.
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NEWS

Efficient Map Updates with TomTom IQ Maps

11. Juli 2019
The TomTom IQ maps, which use the NDS specification, automatically detect the most relevant parts of the map and download them in the background.
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NEWS

Always Up to Date – Over the Air!

8. Juli 2019
NDS association member HERE provides monthly map updates to their customers, whereby only changes in the map are downloaded.
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NEWS

First In-Car Navigation System from Two Different Suppliers

5. Juli 2019
The suppliers use different navigation engines, but share the same maps for all markets globally. NDS made the process much easier.
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WHITE PAPER

New NDS White Paper:
The Benefits of a Common Map Data Standard for Autonomous Driving

28. Juni 2019
Our white paper lays out the NDS view point on sensor data, the need for common data standards, and why map data is important for autonomous driving.
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EVENT RECAP

Looking Back at the NDS Tooling Days 2019

4. Juli 2019
More than 50 people attended our Tooling Days event in June. We had lots of fun together, learned much and went home with many new ideas.
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NEWS

New and Improved TomTom GO Navigation App for iOS

3. Juli 2019
New features include real-time online navigation, moving lane guidance, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay, amongst others.
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EVENT RECAP

Full House at the 1st NDS Public Conference!

28. Juni 2019
120 guests attended the 1st NDS Public Conference on June 13th in Munich, Germany. We look back at the event and provide all presentations for download.
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NEWS

NDS.Live: The New Generation of Map Data Format

19. Juni 2019
NDS launches new version of worldwide standard for modern connectivity with the cloud and 5G
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EVENT

NDS Tooling Days 2019

17. Juni 2019
Don't miss this two-day event of knowledge sharing with the NDS community and fellow developers.
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EVENT RECAP

Record Attendance at the 12th Open Auto Drive Forum

14. Juni 2019
Taking place in Munich at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, the 12th OADF brought together the NDS community and industry experts.
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