The NDS standard provides:
Compatibility and interoperability
Compatibility and interoperability for the exchange of map data between NDS compliant systems is the key objective of the NDS format.
Separation of application software & map data
In today’s navigation systems the application software and the map data are combined. A separation of the two creates the desired flexibility between NDS compliant systems.
At present, a variety of different update media and several update mechanisms are available for several in-car systems or mobile clients. NDS provides a harmonised format for different systems, and flexibility regarding map composing and map update.
Further features / objectives
Beside the features mentioned above, NDS assures: