NDS (Navigation Data Standard)

The Navigation Data Standard (NDS) enables standardised and flexible incremental updates and guarantees flexible, up-to-date maps.

TomTom leads the industry with new map delivery formats that are not only incremental map update capable but are also fast, efficient and easy to use. As an industry leader in Navigation Data Standard (NDS), TomTom offers modular, plug-and-play maps ready for use in NDS software applications. Some of the key benefits of NDS maps are:

  • The ability to deliver incremental map updates
  • Flexible content management, resulting in lower storage costs
  • Faster time-to-market
  • The standard provides simpler and faster map compilation with visibility on quality


For non-NDS platforms TomTom offers MultiNet-R - the next generation of MultiNet. This format delivers all of the high quality content layers of the TomTom map database in a single and easy-to-use intermediate format data model. Our Map Content API provides streaming maps with total flexibility and access to the fastest possible map changes.

The rich scope of NDS features

TomTom is leveraging the NDS technology

  • for offering a global coverage of NDS products, leading to cost efficient compilation and shorter time to market for installed navigation map;
  • for delivering incremental map updates through direct access to the TomTom map production system, leading to short cycles for bringing updates delivered by our community to the end users;
  • for enabling the full breadth of the TomTom navigation portfolio, including TomTom’s navigation engine, IQ Routes, cloud navigation, and TomTom Traffic.

Benefits of the smart format of NDS maps

  • Modular data structure supports feature upgrades, such as download of 3D content layer, supporting map personalisation and new business models and upselling opportunities
  • Map updates in terms of change-only information, leading to a massive reduction of map update sizes and enabling over-the-air map update delivery

TomTom is a founding member of the NDS consortium, which assembles leading automotive, navigation, and mapping companies from around the world.

The innovative NDS design builds on the embedded SQLite technology. It supports advanced technologies for connected navigation and is continually validated through broad adoption, implementation and deployment.