ZED ELD Review – Top 10 User Rating & Reviews

The ZED ELD is an easy-to-use and affordable option for recording truckers’ drive times.  ZED is powered by Cummins, a long trusted American Fortune 500 company.Zed ELD

ELD installation only takes a few seconds, and the device can be quickly linked to the user-friendly ZED app on a smartphone via the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to the truck’s OBD port.  No assembly required.

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carrier companies and their drivers to automatically submit all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.

A one-time flat fee of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get the tool up and running.  There is no monthly contract fee, installation fee, or any other hidden charges.

The simple and intuitive design of the ZED ELD allows drivers to focus on the road while the device automatically tracks drive time and completes e-logs.  Utilizing an e-log tracking allows the motor carrier and its truckers avoid having to complete and submit manual logs, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming.

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Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting.  Other drivers have reported that the ZED ELD records drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time.

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor sold separately.

 

Features of ZED ELD

Bluetooth Adapter

 The original package comes with a Bluetooth Adapter that is compatible with the ZED ELD mobile app for iOS or Android smartphones and devices.  It is designed to automatically collect all data required for FMCSA e-log HOS reporting.  There are no contract fees, no monthly fees, no installation fees, and no hidden fees.

The Bluetooth Adapter comes completely ready to go.  There is no assembly required.  It’s simple and intuitive design makes it easy to determine where and how to plug in the adaptor to the truck’s port.

The ZED ELD Bluetooth Adapter reads vehicle data and automatically manages drive modes.  It switches duty status to “Driving” any time the vehicle speed exceeds 5 MPH and switches back to “On Duty Not Driving” five minutes after the vehicle stops.  The device connects directly to 16-pin OBDII diagnostic ports. 

 

Compliant e-Logging

The ZED ELD automatically generates all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily certification, duty status records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.

A free fleet manager website for dispatch and drive time tracking and a free driver mobile app are available for immediate use.  These features allow the motor carrier company to get real-time information the whereabouts of drivers.

The mobile app includes e-logging, loads, DVIR reporting features, and GPS status updates.  It works in conjunction with the no-monthly-fee ZED Fleet Management Portal to help fleet managers track vehicles, assign loads, and manage Hours of Service (HOS) for entire fleets of drivers simultaneously.

The first download option of the ZED Truck Driver Log Book app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store should be selected to be sure a mobile device is compatible.  This option should be selected and paired with the Bluetooth Adaptor.

 

Advantages

No More Manual Logging

The ZED ELD eliminates the need for manual logging, saving time and supporting the ecosystem with a digital solution that helps to maximize productivity.  With the tap of a button, drivers can begin tracking hours and breaks, and easily switch between on- and off-duty.  The device will also automatically switch duty status when the vehicle is placed into park and after it reaches a certain speed.

Eliminating manual reporting offers a huge time savings.  Should the need for manual documentation arise, a driver needs to note any device malfunctions and provide written notice to the motor carrier within 24 hours.

The driver must also reconstruct the Record of Duty Status (RODS) for the current 24-hour period as well as the previous seven days on graph-grid paper logs which are 49 CFR 395.8 compliant and continue to manually record hours until the device is reinstalled and working properly again.  Meanwhile, the motor carrier must repair or replace the device within eight days and ensure the driver is manually recording hours during any downtime.

Having to manually document drive time hinder productivity.  Automatic, digital reporting keeps truckers on the road and focus on their surroundings. 

Easy-to-Use

The ZED ELD is easy-to-use and installation only takes a few minutes.  The device can be quickly linked to the user-friendly ZED app on a smartphone via a ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to the truck’s OBD port.  The Bluetooth Adaptor must simply be removed from the original package and plugged into the port.  There is no assembly required.

After the device is plugged in, a compatible app is selected in Google Play or the Apple iTunes store, downloaded, and activated.  Once set up is complete, the driver is ready to get on the road.  It’s that simple.

 

Industry Compliant

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carrier companies and their drivers to automatically submit all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records,

Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.  This takes the guesswork out of ensuring that companies and their fleets are in compliance with the latest federally mandated standards.

 

Affordable

A one-time flat fee of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get the tool up and running.  There is no monthly contract fee, installation fee, or any other hidden charges.  Optional fees include extension and adaptor cables and service protection plans that are sold separately.  Two- or four-year protection plans are available.

 

Disadvantages

Spotty Connectivity

Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  The ZED ELD doesn’t record mileage at times and the Bluetooth connection can be spotty particularly depending on the vehicle’s location. 

Error Messages

Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting.  The customer service is reportedly hard to get in touch with, as well, and largely automated.  So, it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues in real-time and get back on the road quickly.  Drivers must also pull off the road and initiate the federally mandated manual reporting process which can be time-consuming and cumbersome.  Truckers should have hardcopy tracking sheets readily available for use in case of an emergency.

Inaccurate e-Logging

 Drivers have also reported the ZED ELD device records drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time.  If drivers are over their allotted drive time this can wreak havoc on a company’s tracking and payroll systems.

Sometimes the device malfunctions and switches drivers intermittingly to on- and off-duty status, particularly in extended periods of stop and go traffic.  Switching between statuses initiates a newly generated e-log, so the final report can appear to be much lengthier than needed.  The GPS positioning can also be thrown off at times depending on the location of the vehicle.  Therefore, it may look like the driver is in an entirely different location.

Limited Adapter Compatibility

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor sold separately.

Costs

Purchase Price

A one-time flat free of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get up and running.  There is no monthly contract, installation fee, or any other hidden fees. 

 Optional Costs

 Extension cables and optional protection plans are available and sold separately.  Occasionally, a special adaptor cable will be needed in order for the device to be compatible with the truck’s equipment.  This also much be purchased separately.

Installation of ZED ELD

 Connecting the Device

 Simply remove the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor from the packaging and connect the device to the truck’s OBD port, locking into place.  This connects directly to 16-pin OBDII diagnostic ports.  The 16-pin OBDII adapter is compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  Extension cables are also available and are sold separately at zed-eld.com.

 The device comes ready to go with no assembly required.  It is easily plugged in once removed from its original package.  Once in the port, it is ready to be paired with the ZED ELD app.

 

Downloading the App

It is important to have an updated and fully charged smartphone ready to go.  Should the device be out-of-date or have limited battery life, the app may not install correctly, or installation may be delayed.  A driver should find the ZED ELD app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play app store on any smartphone,

read the term of service carefully, hit accept, and fill in the required information in order to create an account.  The driver’s contact information and a unique password will be needed.

Note, the site will also ask for the Department of Transportation (DOT) number of the motor carrier company the driver works for and either the trucker’s commercial drivers’ license number or personal drivers’ license number, depending on what has been required by the company. 

Once everything is set up, a verification code will be sent to the driver’s email account.  This should be retrieved and entered into the account to finalize the steps and begin using electronically tracking.

The smartphone’s location and notification settings are important in order to remain in compliance.  These should be fully enabled in the settings menu with “always allow” selected prior to using the device.  This way, the app will be able to accurate track the position of the vehicle and promptly alert the driver whenever there is an important notification.

After an account is established for the app, e-logging can begin.  A driver will simply input the log-in credentials.

To ensure the app is used as it should be, a driver should navigate the site and its features prior to setting out on the road.  Checking to ensure the device picks up the correct location of the vehicle and is properly switching duty status is critical.

Understanding how the app will begin to log hours and periodically checking in to ensure it is functioning properly will limit the need to back track at some point down the line and manually relog any digitally captured data that is inaccurate.

 

Conclusion

The ZED ELD is an easy-to-use and affordable option for recording drive time.  The installation only takes a few minutes, and the device can be quickly linked to the ZED app via a ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to a truck’s OBD port.  The Bluetooth Adaptors needs only to be removed from its original packaging and plugged into the port and it is ready to be synced with the compatible smartphone app.

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carriers to complete all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.  This allows a motor carrier and its fleets of drivers to rest easy knowing that they are properly completing all federally mandated reporting standards.

A one-time flat free of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get up and running.  There is no monthly contract, installation fee, or any other hidden fees.

Optional fees include an extension cable, additional adaptor cables, and a service protection plan, which are all sold separately.  Not all models will require a special adaptor or extension cord for use.

The simple and intuitive design of the ZED ELD allows truckers to focus on the road while the device automatically tracks drive time and completes e-logs.

This eliminates time-consuming paper and pencil tracking that takes time away from driving.  ELD tracking allows drivers to make safety their top priority as they stay focused and aware of their surroundings with very limited device interaction.

Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the ZED ELD device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  The ZED ELD doesn’t record mileage at times and the Bluetooth connection can be spotty depending on the driver’s location.

Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting. 

Because a driver must take the time to report the issue and must manually relog any inaccurate hours while continuing to track any additional hours driven while the device is malfunctioning, this can be time-consuming and costly.  The customer service is reportedly hard to get in touch with, as well, and largely automated.  So, it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues in real-time.

Other drivers have reported that the ZED ELD documents drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time, which can especially troublesome to a company’s record-keeping efforts.

The device can also malfunction and switch drivers intermittingly to on- and off-duty status particularly in extended periods of stop and go traffic.  The GPS positioning is thrown off at times, so it indicates a trucker is traveling in a different location than what is actually being driven.

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor that is sold separately at zed-eld.com.

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Overall, the ZED ELD device is an affordable alternative to traditional time tracking that allows a company to keep its fleets operable while meeting budget and productivity requirements.  It is an innovative digital solution that many have found to be well-worth the investment.

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