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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
  • Our members benefit from various testing, validation, and certification tools. But it’s not only the software that we offer – read more about NDS Tooling here.

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.

News & Updates

WHITE PAPER

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

28. June 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

NDS.Live: The New Generation of Map Data Format

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

New Volkswagen ID.3 finds its way with NDS

12. December 2019
The first of Volkswagen’s new generation of fully electric vehicles uses map data in NDS format.
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BLOG ARTICLE

Map and sensor data: Finding a common language

28. November 2019
Automated driving relies on precise map and sensor data. But how can we make sure that data is shared seamlessly amongst a variety of in-car systems?
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NEWS

NDS introduces Signature FTX 1.0

21. November 2019
Learn more about the new NDS Signature extension that defines data structures to enable the authentication of map data for end-to-end protection.
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EVENT RECAP

Recap: 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Singapore

15. November 2019
At ITS World Congress, we discussed how key aspects of data standardization support the integration of automated vehicles into digital infrastructure.
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BLOG ARTICLE

From papyrus to digital maps: A short history

8. November 2019
Our desire to depict the world around us dates back to the Stone Age – creating maps may be a genuinely human instinct. Let us take a moment to appreciate what a revolutionary concept they are, and how we make digital maps work.
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NEWS

NDS introduces Location FTX 1.0

30. October 2019
Our new extension enables the referencing of two separate data sets in one vehicle. It utilizes virtual locations that can be used in both maps.
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NEWS

NDS at ITS World Congress Singapore 2019

14. October 2019
The 26th ITS World Congress is on from October 21st to 25th 2019 in Singapore. It is the world’s leading transport technology congress and the NDS Association will be there exhibiting and participating in a panel discussion.
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BLOG ARTICLE

NDS and ADASIS pave the way for autonomous driving

10. October 2019
ADASIS is an open group with the goal to define an exchanging information protocol between map database, ADAS and automated driving applications. The protocol is aligned to the NDS map format and is thereby greatly adding to driving comfort, efficiency, and enhancing ADAS applications.
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BLOG ARTICLE

NDS Tools: Providing Our Members With Everything They Need

1. October 2019
NDS offers a set of online and offline tools that cover multiple areas of application – starting with defining the standard up till analyzing and transforming NDS maps.
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BLOG ARTICLE

Quality Controlled Maps: The NDS Validation and Certification Process

27. September 2019
The NDS validation and certification process ensures that NDS map databases are according to spec and that shared intellectual property is protected.
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NEWS

TomTom Boosts Electric Revolution with Tools to Beat Range Anxiety

20. September 2019
TomTom’s EV APIs address consumer reservations that are a factor for speed of wide-spread adoption of electric vehicles.
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NEWS

Delta-compressed Map Streaming: Smart Navigation at Low Costs

10. September 2019
NDS Association member, NNG, has developed a novel technique for reducing the cellular data load for NDS cloud-based navigation.
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BLOG ARTICLE

Automated Vehicles Require Intelligent HD Maps for Reliable and Safe Driving

4. September 2019
The level of risk minimization offered by automated driving relies on data collected by HD maps. We outline how companies and industries collaborate to drive the best results.
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BLOG ARTICLE

How the Product Definition Group shapes NDS’ future

22. August 2019
The Product Definition Group (PDG) is a working group of the NDS Association, which defines the Product Roadmap of NDS and keeps it up to date. Here is why that is important.
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NEWS

Map Data On-Demand – Innovation in NDS Map Streaming as a Service

14. August 2019
Leading automotive software supplier and NDS Association member NNG applies its navigation expertise to NDS map updates.
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BLOG ARTICLE

What Makes A Common Map Data Standard Essential for Autonomous Driving

6. August 2019
In this blog article, we set out why a common map standard is highly desirable for all car manufacturers and suppliers.
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NEWS

Tencent is welcomed as the newest member of the NDS association!

22. July 2019
We, the NDS association members, are very happy to welcome the leading Internet-based value-added services provider in China with over 1billion users, Tencent Holding Limited, as a member of the NDS association.
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NEWS

Electric Vehicles are Powered by Voltage – and NDS

19. July 2019
Bosch’s Convenience Charging Service powered by NDS maps and making use of the NDS volatile location ID concept will keep you rolling in your electric vehicle anytime.
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NEWS

Always Up to Date – Over the Air!

8. July 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. July 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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EVENT RECAP

Looking Back at the NDS Tooling Days 2019

4. July 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. July 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. June 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

Efficient Map Updates with TomTom IQ Maps

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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EVENT

NDS Tooling Days 2019

17. June 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. June 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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