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The NIST Road Network Database: Version 1.0



Craig I. Schlenoff, Stephen B. Balakirsky, Anthony J. Barbera, Christopher J. Scrapper Jr, Jerome G. Ajot, Eric Hui, M Paredes


For an autonomous vehicle to be able to navigate a road network, it must be aware of and must respond appropriately to any object it encounters. This includes other vehicles, pedestrians, debris, construction, accidents, emergency vehicles, and it also includes the roadway itself. The road network must be described in such a way that an autonomous vehicle knows, with great precision and accuracy, where the road lies, rules dictating the traversal of intersections, lane markings, road barriers, road surface characteristics, etc.The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about the Road Network Database being developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of the DARPA Mobile Autonomous Robotics Systems (MARS) Program. The purpose of the Road Network Database is to provide the data structures necessary to capture all of the information necessary about road networks so that a planner or control system on an autonomous vehicle can plan routes along the roadway at any level of abstraction.
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autonomous navigation, database, MySQL, on-road driving, relational database, road network


Schlenoff, C. , Balakirsky, S. , Barbera, A. , Scrapper, C. , Ajot, J. , Hui, E. and Paredes, M. (2004), The NIST Road Network Database: Version 1.0, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created July 30, 2004, Updated February 17, 2017