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What is an ELD?

Updated at 31 Mar, 2021

— ELD or Electronic Logging Device is a newer version of AOBRD and is used by commercial motor vehicles to record driving time and hours of service.

What is an ELD?
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Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are used by drivers of commercial motor vehicles to record driving time and hours of services (HOS). ELDs can also collect data on the vehicle’s engine, movement and miles driven.

The purpose of ELDs is to keep dispatchers and truck drivers informed of driver status in real-time to support them in their operations. ELDs typically consist of vehicle tracking device, fleet management software and a mobile app. ELDs are designed to make driver daily tasks easier to perform.

ELD is a newer version of an AOBRD, which means all AOBRDs had to transition to ELDs from December 16th, 2019.

Do you want to know what are the differences between ELD and AOBRD? Then check out this article to find out more about it.





What does an ELD do?

It integrates with the vehicle engine, in order to record driving time for accurate hours of service (HOS). It also captures information, such as:

  • Date

  • Time

  • Miles traveled

  • Vehicle identification

  • Motor carrier identification

  • Geographic location

  • Engine diagnostics and malfunction

  • 60 - minute intervals of motion

  • Engine power up and shutdown

Benefits of ELDs

ELDs come with many benefits for carriers and we will show you the most important ones.

  • Increases driver safety and save lives

  • Reduces paperwork

  • Saves money and time on office administration

  • Minimizes the risk of errors

  • Fuel usage monitoring

  • Vehicle inspection reporting

  • Simplifies the process of keeping records of duty status

If you want to find out more about ELDs, then we recommend you to watch this video that simply explains what ELD is.

If you feel like that's something that can help you or your company, then check out AutoPi Telematics Unit that can do much more than that. We also recommend reading more about Electronic Control Unit

Article by

Peter Falkesgaard Ørts

CEO / Co-Founder / Sales / Hardware

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