The 6th OADF brings autonomous driving players together to discuss state of the art solutions and needs for standardisation

Brussels, 16 February 2017 – More than 100 international stakeholders met at the 6th Open Auto Drive Forum to discuss the latest cross-domain topics in the area of autonomous driving 


The 6th meeting of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) was hosted by TISA and took place on  February 16th in Brussels, Belgium. Featuring a number of interesting presentations by speakers from industry and academia as well as four afternoon discussions, the forum attracted numerous participants representing different sectors such as OEMS, autonomous driving experts, map providers, system providers, ADAS experts, sensor system experts and others.

OADF’s objective is to act as an open discussion platform for cross-domain topics in the area of autonomous driving that require cooperation throughout the industry and to present the latest developments and achievements towards a connected world of autonomous cars.

During the morning session the forum saw presentations from autonomous driving projects focusing on standardisation, tests on public roads and high precision maps and discussed the legal implications of vehicle automation.

“Active participation in the OADF is an important undertaking for TISA and mutually beneficial for both organisations. Real-time, high-precision traffic information is vital for autonomously driving vehicles. The complex requirements of an automated driving situation, together with the specific conditions of M2M communication in that context, create a formidable challenge that propels our current developments towards next-generation traffic data standards,” said Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director.

“2017 will be a major milestone for the ADASIS Forum and we are committed to publish our new ADASIS V3 specification this year. We see the OADF forum as a place for synchronisation of requirements and specifications as well as solutions for our contribution to autonomous driving,” said Michael Klingsöhr, ADASIS Chairman.

The second part of the meeting was reserved for the breakout sessions on standardisation requirements for environmental model interfaces and HD Maps, on live map delivery chain and backend integrity levels and on metadata for map quality.

Dr. Volker Sasse, the OADF speaker and Chairman of the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association wrapped up the forum concluding the conference was a successful step forward for the development of autonomous driving.

“The time of simple navigation is over. The Autonomous Driving (AD) revolution means shifting from individualism to collectivism and our OMEGA project takes care of these relevant future AD requirements. The AD information, which is always supported by highly accurate and up to date practices, is selected in flexible geometric or attribute-based portions and will be stored and distributed in multiple locations. Therefore each information user is simultaneously also a collector, meaning the individual serves the community. All standardisation organisations cooperate in this brave new world,” stated Dr. V. Sasse (NavInfo/NDS/OADF)

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Note to editor

Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) organises meetings every four months in three different regions including Europe, Asia and the Americas. The forum is intended to give all stakeholders the opportunity to present their issues and to jointly work on standardised solutions across different standardisation organisations and companies in the area of autonomous driving. The consortia consisting of the Navigation Data Standard Association (NDS), the ADASIS forum, TISA and SENSORIS, has committed to align their efforts to generate a streamlined approach towards a globally applicable ecosystem of production-ready automotive standards since November 2015.

Between the meetings, task forces address challenges that have been identified in the meetings. The forum meetings are open to all consortia and individuals that are active in the field of autonomous driving The OADF participants include 3D Mapping, Aisin AW, ADASIS, AND, Alpine, Alibaba, Audi, Autoliv, AutoNavi, Baidu, BMW, Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Denso, DLR, Elektrobit, Emapgo, Engis, Ertico, Ford, Universität Passau,Garmin, General Vision, GM, Google, Harman, Here, Hitachi, Hyundai, IAV, Ibeo, Increment P, Inrix, IPG, Landrover/Jaguar, Luxoft, Kiwi, Kotei, LG, Magneti Marelli, Mappers, Mapscape, MHE, Mitsubishi, Mobileye, NavInfo, NDS, NNG, Nvidia, Opel, Panasonic, Preh Car Connect, Qualcomm, Renault, SENSORIS, Stanford University, Tass International, Telenav, TISA, TomTom, T-Systems, Vires, Volkswagen, Volvo, Visteon, Volvo and Zenrin..

The next Open Auto Drive Forum will take place on 22nd May 2017 in North America (TBC).

For more information, visit the website:

Contact: Dr. Volker Sasse,

Update of the Action C relevant safety message sets, DATEX II Codes, DENM Event Types, TPEG-TEC causes and TMC Events

TISA, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Group and the DATEXII community, has produced an update of the Action C relevant safety message sets document.

A new document is now available on the TISA website ref. ITSTF17001

About the document ITSTF17001

In the Directive 2010/40/EU (“ITS Directive”) the European Commission developed as Priority Action C a EU Regulation named “Data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road safety related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users”. It defines amongst others a single list of categories of safety related traffic information to be provided without additional cost for the end user.

This new “Terms and definitions” provides a subset of DATEX II Codes, DENM Event Types, TPEG-TEC causes and TMC Events, which shall be defined and declared as the message sets to be used for safety related messages.

Further, for the selected message sets, a correlation between the four standards DATEX II, DENM, TPEG and TMC is defined.

TISA is pleased to continue the collaboration in multi-organization WG to be launched soon for extensions/related work items based on operational experiences with Action C and  as well as to strive for further harmonization.

GEWI Launches Traffic News System for German Public Radio Stations

In July of 2016, GEWI was selected after a public bid process to provide a traffic news system for Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), a Germany Public Radio station for the German state of Hesse, based in Frankfurt. HR is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which includes organizations such as the BBC.

TIC-Traffic-News-ImageThe public tender required solution to collect, create and aggregate traffic information to be broadcast on the HR stations which include five different radio formats. Furthermore, the traffic information is distributed to TV channels, internet platforms & telephone hotline. Navigation systems can receive their data by RDS-TMC & TPEG.

The HR traffic solution is based on the TIC for Traffic News solution and was deployed in less than six months after the bid was awarded to GEWI. As of January 2017, the new system is in productive use by HR.

TIC for Traffic News supports multiple languages and enables each announcer to customize the traffic reports based on the type of content and length of broadcast required for their particular station format. All of this is accomplished using a simple web browser which also makes it convenient to operate when announcers are out of the studio on a remote broadcast.

TIC for Traffic News is used by radio broadcasters in Germany & Switzerland and is available as a solution to be used worldwide. Traffic News is just one of the many solutions for which the TIC Software may be configured.

Founded in 1992, GEWI develops TIC software, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product used worldwide by both commercial and government customers.

TIC is used for many types of traffic related projects including traffic and travel events, road incident management, navigation testing, and real-time navigation and connected services.

For more information visit

Season’s greetings by TISA president Thomas Kusche-Knežević

Dear Members and Friends of TISA!


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success, Henry Ford said.

How could Henry Ford know what should happen in 2007?

When TISA was founded in Berlin, Germany, a huge crowd of navigation interested people and companies came together to foster the market for TMC and to bring TPEG to fruition. We kept ourselves together and worked together – in between for nearly 10 years.

Today, TISA is entitled to say that this has been a very successful period of time.

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TISA holds its committee meetings on 13 & 14 December in Brussels

The last TISA committee meetings of 2016 took place just before the Christmas holidays at ERTICO premises in Brussels. Aside from the usual TISA business, the two day meetings saw also three special speakers.  Marjolein Masclee, Chair of DATEX II Strategic Group presented the latest DATEX II Developments. Michael L. Sena, Allianz Telematics gave a presentation on the role of artificial intelligent in ITS and tackled the status of traffic information in the age of robot-driven vehicles. More in-depth discussions on the topic can be read in the chapters of Michael’s book entitled “Beating Traffic: Time to Get Unstuck”. Frederic Roulland of Xerox introduced the new urban mobility paradigm emerging within large cities based on the growing usage of multimodal integrated transportation services and the challenges and opportunities which are implied around the use of traveler data.

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Click here to see all the photos of the 13-14 December 2016 Committee meetings

The next TISA committee meeting will take place in Taipei, Taiwan in March 2017 (dates to be confirmed).