Nio joins NDS Association, the worldwide standard for map data in automotive eco-systems

Written by Cláudio Afonso |

NDS (Navigation Data Standard) Association announced the Chinese EV maker Nio as their new member. Martin Schleicher, NDS Chairman, describes Nio as a “strong Asian partner” that has a “future vision”. NDS offers a well-defined spec for how to store map data and it allows flexibility for customized user experiences. Its maps work worldwide and are globally adopted. 

“Navigation technology and globally reliable data standards are another field that NIO can advance with its vision and development strength. Therefore, the NDS membership is a great enrichment for the future of this global association of innovation-focused companies and their common goals.” — NDS stated.

What is NDS?

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


“Electromobility is the driving automotive trend par excellence: the development of all-electric vehicles represents a major challenge and change for large, traditional automotive companies. At the same time, however, it is a great opportunity for new players. The Chinese electric car manufacturer NIO has immense technical know-how in this regard. The NDS Association is happy to welcome NIO as a strong and innovative new member.”

It is the interaction of our international partners from various areas of the automotive world that makes the NDS Association and our common goal – a worldwide standard for map data in automotive ecosystems – so powerful and sustainable. We welcome NIO and the future vision of this strong Asian partner to our ranks. Together, we can achieve a lot.

Martin Schleicher, Chairman of the NDS Association

“China has increasingly taken the electric mobility crown in recent years. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), electric vehicle (EV) car sales in China rose 4.5 percent year-on-year to nearly 23.49 million units in the first 11 months of 2021 – despite Covid and economic challenges. EV sales account for 12.7 per cent of total new vehicle sales in the People’s Republic. According to a development plan for the Chinese EV industry published in 2020, China aims to increase the share of EVs in its new vehicle sales to 20 percent by 2025.” — NDS said.

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. Extension mechanisms allow customization and support of a variety of use cases. 


The U.S. listed Chinese EV maker Nio posted, this week, 8 new job vacancies in London (England) suggesting that it can be its next European Market after the already announced Sweden, Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands. Nio started selling its ES8 Model in late 2021, in Norway (the country with the highest EV penetration) and is now intensifying its move to the United Kingdom. Nio has currently 11 vacancies for England, eight of them posted during the last 24h on LinkedIn.

Earlier this week, and according to official data from Fintel, The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (second-largest U.S. pension) added shares on three Chinese Evs during the last quarter of 2021. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System more than tripled the investment in three Chinese EV makers: Nio (+187.7%), Xpeng (+417.33%) and Li Auto (+337.88%).

On February 15th, Nio announced that will unveil the ES7 Model in mid-April this year. The new five-seater SUV is positioned between NIO ES8 and NIO ES6 and will be built based on the NT2.0 platform. The model will be equipped with very advanced intelligent configuration and will be benchmarked with the BMW X5L, according to Nio’s Co-Founder Qin Lihong.

Written by Cláudio Afonso |