Uniting Efforts for a Global Automotive Standards Ecosystem at the OADF

Christian Kleine, TN-ITS president and Manager of Data Partnership at HERE participated in the 19th edition of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) event in Chicago. Mr Kleine presented TN-ITS as a platform that aims to facilitate and foster the exchange of ITS-related spatial road data between road authorities as trusted data providers and data users like map makers and other parties.

The OADF, the cross-domain platform driving standardisations in the area of autonomous driving, held its latest edition on May 9 at the HERE premises in Chicago, USA. Jeff Raimo, VP of Data at HERE, opened the event by introducing UniMap, HERE’s cutting-edge mapping technology to generate up-to-date and accurate maps, followed by Andras Csepinszky (NGG), OADF spokesperson and co-chair of SENSORIS offered a comprehensive introduction to the event. 

Fabian Klebert, the NDS technical coordinator, discussed serialization in various standards and the reasons behind NDS choosing Zserio instead of Protobuf, highlighting Zserio’s advantages in terms of size, speed, advanced schemas, and support for ASIL-compliant solutions. Takeshi Doihara, an expert in ISO/TC204/WG3 and ISO/TC211/JWG11, delivered the second talk, emphasizing the significance of ISO/TC204 and TC211 in GDF development. He covered the differences between GDF5.1-1 and GDF 5.1-2, feature representation in GDF5.1, harmonization efforts with ISO 191xx, and planned revisions for GDF.

Cooperation for Streamlined Global Standards for Autonomous Driving Ecosystem

The organisations that make up the OADF consortium: TISA, ADASIS, SENSORIS, SIP-adus, NDS and TN-ITS, took the floor to report on their latest activities, committing to aligning efforts to foster a globally applicable ecosystem of production-ready automotive standards. 

Jean-Charles Pandazis, ADASIS Coordinator at ERTICO, announced the internal release of ADASIS v3 – 3.0.0, featuring new speed limit profiles, and a request-and-response mechanism, along with an upcoming White Paper. Benjamin Engel, CTO at ASAM, provided an overview of OpenX standards, focusing on the Offroad Concept Project, ASAM Text Specification, and ASAM OpenODD. Martin Schleicher, NDS Chair and Elektrobit representative highlighted the recent advancements in NDS. Live, now available for evaluation by non-NDS members, and explained its applicability for map data distribution in different scenarios. Andras Csepinszky, Co-Chair of SENSORIS and Advanced Automotive Technology Director at NNG presented the latest SENSORIS version 1.6 and discussed plans for SENSORIS 2.0. Satoru Nakajo, founding member of SIP-adus from the University of Tokyo, shared outcomes of the SIP-adus program in Japan, which concluded in March 2023 and outlined future follow-up activities. Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director, discussed TPEG2, its requirements, and ongoing discussions for the follow-up version concerning automated driving.

Christian Kleine, President of TN-ITS, delivered a comprehensive introduction to TN-ITS, highlighting its key features and objectives. Additionally, he provided a detailed update on the current progress of aligning TN-ITS with DATEX II, emphasizing the collaborative efforts and advancements made towards seamless integration.

In the afternoon session, Elektrobit conducted a workshop on ‘Highly Reliable Maps,’ where Christian emphasized the need for the industry to acknowledge and address the increasing demand for stronger map reliability standards.