NavTech, makers of the world's most widely used navigable map database for CD-ROMs, first announced SDAL as an interim standards solution in October '97 at the ITS World Congress in Berlin with a pledge to make the specification open to the industry later in '98.
Working at full throttle to publish the SDAL PSF specification, NavTech meanwhile says it will hold off on publishing the specification for the far less critical Database Application Programming Interface (SDAL DAPI).
Leading players in the automotive and in-vehicle navigation industries including Daimler-Benz, Renault, Pioneer Electronic Corporation, Valeo Electronics and Magellan Systems welcomed the initial release of SDAL last October as a positive step towards achieving mass market penetration of vehicle navigation systems.
By providing a practical solution to the current incompatibilities, NavTech's SDAL represents a strong step forward.
SDAL should bring about simplicity through interoperability which will help the market develop.
Pioneer Electronics Corporation, a leading automotive electronics company based in Japan, supports the SDAL concept.
Magellan Systems, which designs and distributes car navigation systems for customers which include Hertz in North America, has also committed to using SDAL in their next generation products.
NavTech will continue to develop SDAL to meet the changing needs of the industry and end users.
Further, and of immediate importance to end users, SDAL also supports forward compatibility.
SDAL provides the industry with a single solution to simplify distribution and logistics, and stimulate end-user demand.
Mannesmann VDO, Valeo Electronics and Magellan Systems welcomed the initial release of SDAL last October as a positive step towards achieving mass market penetration of vehicle navigation systems.
NavTech created SDAL because it believes only an open, widely understood specification can achieve interoperability.