Objectives & Approach

ADAS Horizon allows drivers to ‘see’ around corners

As a predictive sensor, digital maps enable drivers to anticipate the road ahead, effectively extending their horizon beyond what is immediately visible and contributing to safer, smarter and cleaner travel.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) need to access and use map data, vehicle position, speed, as well as other sensors’ data in order to improve the performance of these applications or apply them to new functionalities.

The ADASIS Forum was launched by ERTICO in order to address the interface specifications necessary for the information exchange of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Its purpose is to:

  • Define an open standardised data model and structure to represent map data in the vicinity of the vehicle position (i.e. the ADAS Horizon), in which map data are delivered by navigation and/or by a general map data server
  • Define open standardised API(s) to enable ADAS applications to access the electronic horizon and position-related data of the vehicle

The development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and general in-vehicle ITS applications which support the driver in safe, comfortable and economic driving are of major importance to the automotive industry.

Typical ADAS applications include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Adaptive Light Control (ALC). ADAS currently perform their function on basis of information generated by sensors.

Each year, an increasing number of vehicles are equipped with navigation systems. Soon after their introduction, the potential of such systems in the use of the digital map and vehicle position was realised.

The possibility to predict the road geometry with its related attributes ahead of the vehicle should obviously benefit ADAS applications and offer new functionalities.Today, navigation map databases are inaccessible from applications other than navigation and stored in the proprietary format of the navigation system.

In order for ADAS applications to access such information as map data, vehicle position and speed – which currently could be provided by navigation, but may change in the future – it is necessary to define and develop appropriate API between ADAS and the source of this data.

This is the overall aim of the ADASIS Forum.The ADASIS initiative was first launched by Navteq in May 2001. After four meetings, it was decided to re-organise this group as an ERTICO-coordinated forum in order to formally define, structure and coordinate its work.

Membership of the ADASIS Forum is open to all public and private organisations that have a clear interest in ADASIS and support the objectives of the Forum, and is geared to the following sectors:

  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Navigation systems manufacturers
  • ADAS manufacturers
  • Map database manufacturers

An annual membership fee approved by the Management Board is requested to offset part of the Coordinator costs. For more information about how to become a member, please contact the Forum Coordinator.