Best ELD Devices – Top 10 ELD Devices Reviewed
ELD is an abbreviation for Electronic Logging Device. It is DOT-certified electronic hardware that connects to the vehicle’s engine to record driving hours. In the past, ELDs have been referred to as AOBRDs (Automatic On-board Recorders) or EOBRs (Electronic On-board Recorders).
Every ELD has got screen on which the driver can monitor their current status, and it also provides them with the ability to print hour logs when required by DOT inspectors. When connected to a fleet management software, ELDs can transmit real-time driving logs to a back-office system.
Only DOT-certified ELDs can be used to record HOS. The latest ELD Mandate was published on October 30th, 2015 and outlined specific requirements for ELD hardware. The ELD Mandate requires that all commercial vehicles need to have an ELD fitted to replace the paper log book system.
Top ELD Devices in 2018
|Device Name||Best Feature|
|KeepTruckin ELD||Plugs directly into the vehicle's diagnostic port||$149.99|
|Rand McNally ELD 50||Affordable monthly service plan||$179.95|
|Garmin eLog compliant ELD||No subscription fees||$249.95|
|Blue Ink BIT ELD||Very easy to install||$295|
|BigRoad’s DashLink ELD||User-friendly||$480/year|
|Verizon ELD Device||Drastically cuts fuel costs||$527.65|
|Blue Tree Systems||The most open-end solution on the market||$995|
|Peoplenet Eld||Connects all devices to a single Wi-Fi hotspot||$575|
|JJ Keller Eld||Premium customer service||$249|
|Zed Eld||No monthly fee||$200|
|EROAD Ehubo||Highly accurate||$420 a year|
Our Top Pick: KeepTruckin ELD
The KeepTruckin ELD - Electronic Logging Device is the easiest and most reliable ELD solution currently available on the market. Built with professional drivers in mind, it has proven to be the best ELD solution in its class, and it also meets all FMCSA requirements for the ELD mandate.
The KeepTruckin ELD plugs directly into the vehicle's diagnostic port with 6 pin or 9 pin cables included in the package. The KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App for Android and iPhone/iPad connects to the ELD via Bluetooth® and automatically records a driver's active hours.
Drivers can use the KeepTruckin Logbook App to create vehicle inspections, view their logs, send messages, and much more. Download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
The KeepTruckin ELD installs in less than a minute and can be activated from virtually anywhere. Each device requires a software subscription, so you should choose a plan, varying from Starter to Plus.
After activation, the software service fee is $20/month for The Starter plan or $30/month for the Plus plan with IFTA reporting and other features.
KeepTruckin provides a slick, modern, user-friendly app for drivers to record their activity. The app is free for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It should be noted here that it has earned a number of excellent user reviews on both sides. To make it into a compliant ELD all you need is plug the device into your vehicle’s diagnostic port.
The KeepTruckin app itself is a pleasure to use. It’s very simple and intuitive, and has some convenient features that many other systems are lacking. For example, there is a simple view of all “recap” hours that will be gained over the next seven days.
It also boasts a very easy method for a driver’s log editing. There is also a convenient DOT Inspection Mode for showing log history to enforcement officers. For the driver’s convenience, logs can be emailed or faxed directly from the app.
If you plan to provide a phone or tablet to your drivers, then you should also allocate around $15 per month for a cellular data plan. So, you you’re looking at $35 or less per month, with no upfront costs other than, maybe, mounting some hardware for the display. That is one of the rather affordable price tags you will find in the industry right now.
Other standard features like DVIR and two-way messaging are also available. Although there is no built-in navigation, a third party app may be run alongside KeepTruckin for this purpose. Drivers are also able to take photos of paperwork, accident damage, or anything they consider worth capturing, and send in the images through the app.
The back office system is equally modern and easy to use. It incorporates all the standard features like GPS locations, messaging, and an overview of HOS compliance. There are some basic Hours of Service and DVIR reports included, but more advanced reporting is part of the higher level service plan that costs $10 extra per month.
Office personnel can view driver’s logs, and easily make suggested corrections, but the driver will need to approve the changes before they take effect.
KeepTruckin provides these basic features and a way to become ELD complaint without straining your budget. However, unlike many of their BYOD competitors, they have been aggressively adding more advanced telematics features that bring them close to some more expensive systems. Fuel monitoring, engine diagnostics, tampering alerts, idling reports and driver safety scorecards are among the most recently released features.
Simple integration with major TMS providers (TMW, McCleod, etc) is already available, and will be improved over time. With all these awesome new features, KeepTruckin enjoys a fairly unique position as a simple, affordable device that can compete with the offers of much larger and pricier vendors. Very few other devices in this price range boast such a long feature list.
KeepTruckin has been one of the first ELD providers to actually achieve full compliance with the ELD Mandate. Most other ELDs are technically still only AOBRDs until they update their software to fully meet the latest ELD standards.
Some of the other self-certified devices on the FMCSA’s list are of doubtful quality and compliance, but KeepTruckin seems to have designed their system from the beginning to meet mandate requirements.
In short, KeepTruckin is a very attractive option, especially for fleet owners looking for a low-cost and easy ELD integration. The system is simple to use for drivers and office staff alike, and the list of advanced features is quite substantial. In this price range, KeepTruckin is the premier low-cost ELD on the market right now.
Our Second Choice: Rand McNally ELD 50
Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, navigation, and travel content in the USA. The company’s products and services include: America's #1 Road Atlas; OverDryve™ connected-car device; IntelliRoute® truck routing software; TND™ truck GPS; HD 100 E-Log devices; TND™ 765 mobile fleet management solutions; RVND™ GPS for RVers.
Seeking to provide a straightforward, low-cost electronic logging option for professional drivers, Rand McNally released their new ELD 50 device at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show. When synchronized with a driver's Android phone or tablet, the ELD 50 creates a secure compliance solution that meets federal requirements and drivers' budgets alike.
The ELD 50 installs in seconds under the dash and allows drivers to use Android devices to view logs. It also provides access to Hours of Service and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) logs via the Rand McNally DriverConnect web portal.
The ELD 50 is a sleek device that plugs into a truck's diagnostic port, right below the dashboard. Using a Bluetooth connection, the device sends Hours of Service data to the complimentary Rand McNally DriverConnect app, where drivers may view current HOS logs as well as DVIR documents.
As a bonus, the app also allows access to ten helpful engine-driven gauges, powered by information collected by the ELD 50. The most important gauges are: average fuel economy, coolant temperature and boost pressure.
Since the Android app is free, drivers can try the product out by downloading the application and inputting their status manually. Those reports can be converted into PDF files and exported, if need arises.
The app automatically syncs with the web portal via Wi-Fi or cellular transmission, providing the most up-to-date reports. The ELD 50, priced at $149.99, has been available at travel centers and online since the end of April 2016.
For a small subscription fee, drivers may access the Rand McNally DriverConnect web portal, where up to six months of HOS logs and DVIRs can be stored. Using the web portal, drivers and fleet managers can also view vehicle locations on a map and administer functions such as adding drivers to a device.
Our 3rd Pick: Garmin eLog Compliant ELD
Garmin eLog is the easy route to ELD compliance. It boasts simple setup, with one-time purchase and no subscription fees. Right out of the box, this device supports 9-pin J1939 and 6-pin J1708 diagnostic ports to fit nearly any semi-truck model.
The hours of service (HOS) are recorded in compliance with FMCSA and ELD mandates. The device also stores ELD records securely on your compatible mobile device, accessible for inspection via the device’s USB port, or via the FMCSA web services through Bluetooth.
Drivers should download the free Garmin eLog app to their GPS and Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone to complete the ELD compliance solution. Please note that some Garmin dēzl™ navigators have the app pre-installed and do not require a smartphone to complete the solution.
The Garmin eLog compliant FMCSA-registered electronic logging device is your straightforward solution to guarantee that your HOS recording complies with FMCSA ELD mandates. All you have to do is purchase it, install it and drive. You never need to worry about subscription fees or ongoing costs.
This ELD is incredibly simple to set up. You just plug in the Garmin eLog device, download the free Garmin eLog™ app, and you’re ready to go. Please note that Garmin eLog is not compatible with vehicles using the OBD2 protocol (SAE J1979). Volvo Trucks with a Volvo engine which have a 16-pin J1962 configuration will require a 16-pin to 9-pin adapter cable, which is sold separately.
Garmin eLog™ functions with a number of Garmin dēzl GPS truck navigators that are sold separately such as, for example dēzl 580, dēzl 780, and dēzlCam 785. Thus, you can easily view duty status and HOS information right on the navigator’s display. Some dēzl navigators need a smartphone or a tablet in order to show remaining hours on the dēzl display.
With Garmin eLog you can rest assured that your HOS recording fully complies with the FMCSA and ELD mandates. The device automatically and accurately records driving time, provides easy access to driver duty status and allows you to quickly see remaining driving hours by day or by week. All you need to do is download the free Garmin eLog app to a compatible smartphone or tablet to complete the compliance process.
Rest assured that your accurate HOS records are securely stored on your compatible smartphone, never in the cloud. With the free Garmin eLog app, they are readily viewable by you anytime. When needed, your records are easily retrieved for roadside inspection via a standard USB flash drive or via the FMCSA web services through Bluetooth.
Our 4th Choice: Blue Ink BIT ELD
The BIT ELD offers simple mandate compliance with a major perk: no contract and no monthly fees.
No Monthly Fees
Blue Ink Technology’s new BIT ELD is one of the relatively few devices on the market to adopt a radically new pricing model: no ongoing monthly fees. You purchase the device itself for $295 upfront and that’s it. No contract, no monthly costs.
This is particularly appealing for independent drivers and small fleets hoping to circumvent the ongoing service plans required by most electronic log vendors. The pay-once pricing policy makes BIT dramatically cheaper in the long run than nearly any other device on the market.
Like most other BYOD solutions out there, you buy a device from Blue Ink that plugs straight into your truck’s diagnostic port, then pair it with your own smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, for which a cellular data plan is necessary.
While many drivers already have their own devices, if you are planning to provide service ones for your fleet, there will be some extra cost involved for the device and a data plan (we usually estimate it at between $10 and $15 per nonth).
BIT also offers simple ELD mandate compliance, without unnecessary add-ons. The free driver app can be downloaded on Android or iOS devices. Signing up for an account is quick and stress-free, and the app itself is simple to navigate.
How It Works
Drivers can make manual log status alterations using just the app, but to turn the system into a true ELD you need the Bluetooth dongle to automatically record when the truck is in motion. The application currently supports basic Hours of Service and a built-in DVIR. Drivers can easily make edits to their own logs, or accept suggested rectifications from fleet managers.
While fleets of any size may find BIT’s pricing and simplicity appealing, the product is meant first and foremost for smaller fleets and owner operators. Larger fleets may find the system lacking extra telematics features for the time being.
That said, new features are being added regularly. In addition to basic HOS logs and DVIRs, the device also tracks state miles for IFTA reporting and provides detailed GPS breadcrumb tracking.
Blue Ink has also recently announced a new feature that tracks vehicle maintenance, so fleet managers can set up various reminders and alerts for oil changes, tire replacements, and other routine maintenance operations.
Other bells and whistles offered by some more expensive products such as, for example, engine diagnostics, two-way messaging, TMS integration, etc. are in development but not yet available.
While the BIT ELD may not be full of extra features just yet, the ones it does have work remarkably well. Logs are easy to manage for both the driver and the home office staff. Fleet managers are given one of the best tools for making suggested log corrections that the market has seen.
They can literally just drag the grid lines around to make proposed changes, which need to be approved by the driver so as to take effect. The special Personal Conveyance and Yard Moves status types are handled in a reasonable, easy to read way.
The app even helps team drivers by offering a simple way to transfer activity from your log to that of your partner in case something got recorded on the wrong person’s log by mistake.
On the whole, BIT ELD’s extremely affordable cost makes it worth a look for anyone, but especially for smaller operators hoping to get in compliance without breaking the bank.
We expect to see a lot of improvements and new features coming to the product in the next few months, but even now it is a simple, user friendly ELD offered at a nearly unbeatable retail price.
Our 5th Choice: DashLink ELD By BigRoad
Although this device many not have a lot of bells and whistles, it provides ELD compliance and a very satisfying driver’s experience at a reasonable price.
BigRoad is a very common stand-alone app for drivers who prefer to keep logs on their smartphone. More recently, they have added some ELD hardware that enables the app to connect to the truck’s engine data. This system really shines as a simple, user-friendly and affordable option. There are not a lot of extra bells and whistles, but it does the job when it comes to providing easy-to-use log compliance at a competitive price.
Apple and Android compatible
Like many other BYOD solutions, the system functions with any Apple or Android phone or tablet. All you have to do is install the free app. While drivers pay nothing to install the app, all fleet owners pay access fee in the amount of $15 per driver per month for access.
Surprisingly, there is also a $15per month charge for office users who may need to access the system.
To convert the solution into a true ELD one also need to pay a $10per month for a DashLink device that plugs into the truck’s diagnostic port. So there is no upfront cost, unless you choose to provide some sort of mounting hardware to attach the device to the dash. This is already required as per the ELD mandate.
Of course, you also need an Apple or Android mobile device with a suitable data plan. Drivers could be asked to provide their own, but if your company is providing such, you can probably get a free device with a service contract and a basic data plan for something like $15/mo. To sum up, you are looking at a total of $40 per month, plus the cost any mounting hardware you pay upfront.
The above calculations show that BigRoad is one of the most affordable options on the market right now. The app itself is very user friendly, and many drivers are already familiar with it. It provides a simple display of HOS time remaining, and drivers can edit their own logs as needed.
Developed with Simplicity in Mind
The app is developed with simplicity in mind, but at the same time it does provide a few helpful extra features, such as a google map that shows driver’s location and traffic.
Unfortunately, navigation is not supported but, of course, a separate app of your choice could be installed for that purpose. The BigRoad app also allows basic two-way messaging between the driver and the home office.
The driver can easily view their upcoming recap hours, and can also email, fax, or print their logs from the device. There is only a very basic inspection form that enables a driver to certify that an inspection has been carried out and comment on any defects. Beyond these basic HOS features, there are not a lot of other capabilities worth mentioning.
Back Office Extras
To back office users, BigRoad provides GPS tracking, simple messaging, and a nice snapshot of current HOS compliance. There are also a few reports that show things like miles per state for IFTA reporting. Lacking are many of the more advanced management features like MPG and engine fault codes, idling reports, DVIR tracking and alerts, Macros and Workflow, and official out-of-the-box TMS integrations.
For fleets looking for a full-featured telematics solution with rich ROI possibilities, this may not be the best fit. But for ones looking for simple, user-friendly ELD compliance, BigRoad seems a great choice. Drivers like the app. The unit takes not more than 5 minutes to install and this makes it very suitable for Owner Operator fleets and short-term leased vehicles.
In addition, sales and support staff are friendly and well trained on the product and HOS regulations. In a nutshell, you get a good experience for a great price.
Our 6th Choice: Verizon ELD By Verizon Telematics
In 2017, Verizon Telematics announced availability of bundled products to meet the needs of truck fleets requiring an electronic logging device solutions. The Verizon Telematics ELD-ready bundles are designed to conform to specific technical specifications and serve as a "one-stop shop" for customers who need to meet the ELD mandate requirements.
When it comes to compliance and readiness for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, being able to find what's needed in one place can take much of the stress out. Verizon Telematics designed their ELD bundles with freedom from stress in mind.
Customers can pick from a number of different bundles for hardware and monthly software subscription fees for the following features:
- Onboard assistance
- Telematics hardware and installation
- ELD and driver vehicle inspection reporting (DVIR) software
- Two-way messaging,
- In-cab tablet mounted electronic tablet,
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) software,
- Compliance reporting and more.
Connectivity for the tablet and the telematics hardware also utilizes the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
By combining hardware and software with components that satisfy the needs of the back office and the driver, Verizon not only helps customers meet their compliance requirements but can also help save them a huge amount of legwork on the front end.
Verizon provides many ELD benefits for fleets. Their devices can maximize productivity, streamline operations, reduce operational costs, and increase profits when efficiantly used.
If you're still not sure whether the price of ELD will be justified or not, below we highlight some key benefits of using an ELD such as Verizon’s:
This ELD device also provides safety-monitoring tools such as GPS tracking, fault-code monitoring, efficient route management, and timely identification of precarious driving practices before they cause serious road accidents.
Fuel Cost Savings
Verizon’s ELD meticulously tracks the amount of time each driver spends idling. You can thus quickly identify drivers that stay idle for too long or too frequently using this data. Tracking excessive idling can save you thousands of dollars on fuel every month.
Improvement in CSA Scores
This device guarantees that drivers are not driving more than they should. With e-logs, other HOS violations such as outdated log violations, Form & Manner violations, and falsification of logs are completely eliminated.
Lower Insurance Premiums
ELDs increase fleet safety and fleets with ELDs get better insurance premiums rate than fleets without ELDs. Besides, the risk of a stolen or hijacked vehicle is far llower since the ELD comes with integrated GPS tracking features.
Verizon ELD enables fleet managers to monitor vehicles by means of GPS tracking. Fleet managers do not need to call their drivers each time they want to get an update since they can easily track the vehicle’s prices whereabouts.
Fully Editable Logs
Both the authorized back office employees and the driver can make the necessary edits to an existing ELD record such as, for example, add missing information or correct any wrong entries, but all edits must be accompanied by a note providing the reason for the edit.
Necessary Driver’s Training
Your drivers will be the ones using the system, so training them should be one of your top priorities as fleet manager before introducing the Verizon ELD.
Your drivers will need to know much more than just how to switch the device on and off. The more training the company can provide the driver with, the easier the roadside inspection and log management process will be.
Our Seventh Pick: Blue Tree Systems ELD
Blue Tree Systems has been in the telematics industry for almost two decades. Their target customers are large fleets and their ELD solution has been developed with reefer monitoring in mind.
Blue Tree’s latest generation of ELDs and fleet management products feel very innovative. Drivers use the ELD with either a Garmin or a TomTom. The device connects to Blue Tree’s BT500 hardware through WiFi, which plugs into the vehicle to record motion and engine data.
Most of the standard features a driver would expect are also present: logs, DVIRs, messaging, navigation, engine codes, IFTA, etc. The app feels fairly modern and easy to understand.
Given this ELD’s relatively high price, it is surprising why drivers cannot yet email or fax their logs from the tablet. Also, Daily recap hours for the upcoming week are not easily visible.
The Android app allows the system to be used on a personal smartphone or tablet, but it does not support HOS recording for now. Blue Tree’s new fleet management software for back office users is still in development.
High Total Price
Considering the work-in-progress feeling that the software creates, the price tag may be a tough pill for many fleet managers to swallow. At nearly $1000, the up-front hardware cost is among the priciest on the market. This price is for BT500 hardware and the Garmin option.
Going with TomTom is even more expensive. There is a service subscription fee of $40 per month. If you sign a five-year contract, the hardware and the service will cost you about $60 per month. Some larger fleet budgets may accept this option, but many smaller customers will likely be driven away.
Blue Tree still offer some interesting features that might make them worth the price tag for certain fleets. First, the unit can be installed completely behind the dashboard, making it more covert and difficult to tamper.
Because the system runs on Garmin and TomTom, drivers are provides with integrated, truck-specific navigation. The app also boasts some interesting tools like HOS coaching. It is designed to help drivers plan their day and get the most out of their driving time. Blue Tree has existing integrations with a lot of major software companies like TMW and McLeod among others.
Our Eighth Pick: Connected Fleet By PeopleNet
PeopleNet is a Trimble Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division. It provides fleet mobility technology for North America’s land transportation industry that allows greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction and customer service.
The company’s fleet mobility system has made a fantastic combination of network communications, mobility and analytics to establish the next-generation standard in technology-driven fleet performance and decision-making management.
Its products are integrated into more than two thousand truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets in the United States and Canada. The company is constantly developing new products that continue to improve fleet management.
Leading ELD Provider
PeopleNet is a leading provider of fleet mobility technology. Its ConnectedFleet Platform is the first platform to provide a comprehensive fleet mobility solution that integrates pure SaaS and mobile technologies with real-time predictive analytics.
Connected Fleet Platform
Through PeopleNet’s ConnectedFleet Platform, fleets are now able to subscribe to specific data based on their specific needs, and receive it as it is published in almost real-time.
Products in the ConnectedFleet Platform are interconnected in a, cloud-based vehicle network, which uses a message-broker design to enable a publish-and-subscribe environment for mobile and web-based applications. It connects people, equipment and devices everywhere, converting data into useful information with remarkable speed.
The new PeopleNet ConnectedFleet Platform is the next generation in fleet mobility. It provides radically new options and extras unseen before. The platform allows faster integration of new data from a large number of truck sensors and solutions that respond faster to customer needs for improved safety, enhanced efficiency in logistics, and reduced environmental impact.
The PeopleNet Mobile Gateway™ system is a smart vehicle-bridging unit that is available factory-fit or installed after the purchase of the platform. It serves as a hub that provides connectivity to a variety of devices such as in-cab displays, mobile devices and wearables.
The Mobile Gateway operates on high-speed networks and works as a wireless access point within the vehicle. The Mobile Gateway connects through PeopleNet’s managed network to a cloud-based infrastructure using high-speed data networks and WiFi.
Drivers can also use satellite communication add-ons when needed. Through the Mobile Gateway, users can access vehicle or third-party data such as, for example, weather reports, traffic patterns, dispatch events, and route corrections, among others. Drivers also have access to video streaming.
PeopleNet Mobile Software is available for Android operating systems. The release of this software supports growing demand for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices.
The software gives fleet managers greater access to a number of commercial-grade mobile devices, connected to individual trucks, with the framework to support and allow some personal adjustment. For example, drivers can select the PeopleNet ConnectedTablet option or one of many PeopleNet-certified off-the-shelf devices, depending on their specific needs.
This approach gives drivers mobility, while also allows corporate control on devices in the key areas of security, safety, cost and support measures.
The goal of PeopleNet’s ConnectedFleet Platform is to enhance driving experience. The concept is based on a very sizeable set of connections between drivers and the trucking industry that are extremely easy to access and navigate.
On the whole, the company is dedicated to helping fleet managers retain drivers and potentially attract new drivers with their innovative tools.
Our 9th Choice: J. J. Keller Eld
With this device you can automate driver hours-of-service with little risk. Implement today for $6 per month, plus a one-time fee of $199 for the onboard recorder. If you’ve been interested in E-Logs, but have also been concerned about the cost to implement, now you can the time to take a closer look. Put J. J. Keller’s regulatory compliance expertise to work for you.
Simple, Flexible, Affordable
- J. Keller offers a simple, flexible and affordable option to get up and running with ELogs. Their device works with all vehicle classes and makes compliance with Hours of Service requirements really easy. In addition, it allows drivers to use their own smart devices (iPhones, iPads or Android tablets and smartphones) with the free J. J. Keller Mobile app from the app store.
You get the J. J. Keller® Encompass® online fleet management system to perform audits and generate reports from driver ELogs. The system can also be accessed by fleet management at any time, while its self-guided set-up makes installation smooth and easy.
Once you set up your driver roster, you can choose the Hours of Service rule set that each driver will follow. Thus, you can immediately see compliance information and minimize your risk of DOT violations.
Pick up the ELogs Edition at the pricing above, or call J. J. Keller to learn about more features, including mapping and driver qualification, that you can top up.
J. Keller offers affordable pricing for new ELD customers: $249 per ELD, $50 per adapter, plus a monthly Encompass online fleet management system service fee, starting at $10.95 per driver. Monthly service fees dependent on fleet size. Monthly service plan is necesssary.
So the cheapest option is to get drivers use their own smartphones, then you pay only $199 for the Elog box up front and $25.50 per month, which is only $1,117 per device for three years. On the more expensive side you could use the official J.J. Keller tablet and add Co-Pilot Navigation, for which you’ll pay $548 up front and $59/mo. This gives a quite substantial 3-year cost of $3,032.
Please keep in mind that many users have reported experiencing hardware issues and problems with the application. While such reports aren’t common, we’ve heard about them often enough now to mention them in our review. It might be wise to speak to a few existing customers, and test some trial units before deciding if the device will work well for your fleet.
On the whole, Elog with Encompass is a commonplace ELD from an industry leader. If you want to know you’ve got the top name in regulatory compliance behind you, J.J. Keller is a good place to be. Encompass may be especially appealing to fleets looking to go beyond logs and improve compliance across the board. We advise you to do the math and consider bang-for-buck before diving in.
Our 10th Pick: Zed ELD
Get fully compliant with the FMCSA mandate with ZED. This ELD solution completes all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily certification, duty status records, Hours of Service, and DVIR reports for DOT inspections to keep you covered.
You can install ZED in just a few seconds with minimum initial training. All you need to do is link the ZED app to the ZED Bluetooth Adapter that is connected to your truck’s OBD port. This ELD’s simple and intuitive design allows drivers to fully focus on the road while ZED is meticulously tracking their Hours of Service and completing their e-logs for them.
The dashboard allows the fleet manager or dispatcher to see the location and status of their drivers. GPS locations are updated every fifteen minutes.
To get started with ZED, you just need to pay a budget-friendly one-time cost of only $200 for a ZED Bluetooth Adapter for each truck, and then you’re ready to go. There’s no contract, no monthly subscription plans, no installation fee, and no hidden charges.
In order to get started using the ZED ELD adapter two separate events must take place. However, it does not matter in what order they are completed. First, a driver or owner operator must install the ZED app from the iOS or Google play store and create an account. Then, the driver must be added to a company fleet through the Fleet Management Portal or FMP site (fmp.zed-eld.com).
If you are an owner operator with your own DOT number you will be prompted to create your company and fleet in the application during the sign up process.
Drivers can be added in two ways, depending on whether the driver is already registered with the company or not. If the driver is not registered with any other fleet for the company, all you need to do in order to add a new driver is enter CDL# and State of the driver.
If the driver is already registered with other fleet or fleets of the company, you can add him by using the ‘Add Existing’ option. Managers can choose to allow Personal Conveyance, Yard Moves, and ELD Exemption for drivers to meet the requirements.
Our 11th Pick: EROAD Ehubo
EROAD is one of the dependable, durable, and accurate systems in the business. It's easy to use, affordably priced, and has been independently tested for ELD mandate compliance by the PIT Group research firm.
EROAD’s Ehubo is an around high-quality device. The hardware is quite reliable, the software is easy to use, and the information it captures is very accurate. Ehubo is also quite affordably priced and has lots of nice extra features.
One of the big ways EROAD stands out in the crowd is their commitment to being 100% ELD mandate compliant. Any vendor can self-certify and be added to the FMCSA’s list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their system is truly compliant.
To provide their customers with extra assurance, EROAD have submitted their device for independent verification by PIT Group – renowned a transportation technology testing firm.
PIT Group has put the EROAD ELD device through a rigorous and extensive testing process with real trucks and real drivers, to make sure that the product is fully compliant with every line of the ELD mandate. To our best knowledge, EROAD is the only ELD device to have gone through this kind of independent testing.
Choosing to be verified by a third party shows a lot of confidence in the product, and it gives customers peace of mind, because they know that their ELD investment will definitely pass the FMCSA muster.
The Ehubo itself is a reliable all-in-one device with a single cable that plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. At only 4.5 inches, the screen is quite small, but this shortcoming is dwarfed by the user interface’s superior design.
Easy to Use
Besides being highly compliant and accurate, EROAD is absolutely easy to use. The user interface is well designed and intuitive. Daily tasks are manageable, and more complicated things like editing logs appear feasible. There are also a lot of nice little conveniences for the driver that are not found in many other systems.
In addition to the officially required log transmission methods, drivers can also email a PDF of their logs to anyone they like. There is a simple screen showing recap hours for each day, so drivers know the exact amount of time that will be added to their 60/70 hour clock over the coming days. The system works very well for team drivers. On the whole, this ELD is smartly designed to be simple and hassle free for the driver.
The back office system, called Depot, is also very efficient. There are a number of useful tools in place to help back office staff carry out log edits and assign unidentified driving hours.
The system can also track and schedule regular vehicle maintenance and there is a very useful dashboard tool warning against all kinds of safety issues like speeding, harsh braking, etc.
EROAD’s recently launched “Inspect” function allows drivers to complete DVIRs and helps mechanics easily track down any reported defects throughout the repair process. With all of these extra tools, the exact features you get depend mostly on the pricing package you pick up, but there’s a lot to like, whatever your specific needs may be.
Depending on the features you need, EROAD offers several different pricing plans. Their prices start at $35 per month for a simple ELD-only plan and reach up to $60 per month for the TotalFleet plan with all the available features.
The mid-range TotalTax plan contains all but the most advanced fleet management tools and costs $45 per month. There is also a one-time activation fee of $35, while the ECM cable costs $65. There is no upfront cost for the device itself, provided that the customer chooses one of the lease plans mentioned above.
However, customers who prefer to buy the hardware outright may do so, and thus pay a reduced monthly charge. All pricing plans include hardware warranty and tech support.
While the EROAD system does boast a great number of extra features, there are some that are still in development. For example, GPS navigation and engine diagnostics are in the works, but are not yet available.
EROAD currently integrates with some serious TMS providers like McCleod and FourKites, and more integrations are to be announced soon. The system is already easy to use, but a few enhancements are being added to streamline daily activities for drivers and managers.
In summary, EROAD is a top notch ELD and it is bound to become more appealing over time, as additional features are constantly being added. Those looking for a durable all-in-one system with bullet-proof compliance, highly accurate tracking, and excellent fuel tax capabilities really can’t make a better choice.
Add to that the affordable monthly pricing and sturdy hardware, and EROAD’s ELD becomes a top shelf option that anyone in the market should seriously consider.
FMCSA ELD List
FleetRover exists to help drivers stay compliant, efficient and safe. To install this ELD, you first have to make sure that the engine is off. Then, you have to locate the diagnostic port of your vehicle, plug the ELD in and start the engine again.
Once the device is fully functional, you should launch the app. From the home menu, Find the FleetRover icon and click on it to launch the App. This done, you can now enjoy the full functionality of FleetRover.
With this ELD solution you can track your trucks and analyze trips, monitor real-time actions and breadcrumbs, or use EDI-friendly messaging macros. FleetRover truly enhances fuel efficiency and driver productivity, because it uses powerful mechanisms to reduce fuel cost.
2. Journey 8
Every driver who wants to get started using Journey 8 should stick to the following tips. First, he should log into your MDT at the beginning of every trip, and never share his password with anyone. Then, he puts himself in ON-DUTY Status. Automated DRIVING status is activated at 5 MPH.
The driver may also add and edit time and events to their log, but they cannot subtract driving time. Do not forget to enter trailer numbers and shipping documents with each change, because these are some of the most common violations.
When your job requires to legally drive in any yard, (not public roadways), you should use Yard Moves and the system records this as on duty, not driving. Never forget to use the ELD clock, not your watch, to log a full 30 minute break. 29 minute-break will be flagged as a violation.
The driver should manually change your their status to OFF-DUTY at the end of their shift and when taking 30 minute breaks.
3. TM ELD
The TM-ELD and GPS tracking system is loved by drivers and trusted by fleet managers. It allows drivers to track their HOS elogs on their iOS tablet or phone. The TM-ELD supports property-carrying FMCSA regulations and all main Duty Cycles according the relevant laws in the USA and Canada.
4. Synovia Solutions ELD
With Synovia’s HOS Solution, drivers electronically log time and HOS, automatically complying with the new regulations. The solution also provides visibility into real-time location of the vehicle. Managers can monitor the speed of the vehicle against speed limit of the road the vehicle is traveling on. The device also warns against hard acceleration and hard stopping.
With Synovia, managers always know what route a particular vehicle of their fleet took to arrive at a specific location, the amount of idling time the vehicle experienced, or if the vehicle is displaying any maintenance or fault codes.
5. BluAgent ELD
BluAgent Electronic Logging Device connects easily and directly the J1939 port of your truck’s dashboard and is compatible with virtually all ELD systems. In addition to Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) support, this ELD solution also provides a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and additional storage, all in the same bundle. The device is designed to handle a large number of known vehicle-specification deviations in the field so as to provide robust data acquisition across a vast range of makes and models.
With the goal of creating a safer work environment for commercial carriers and drivers, Cellutrak's Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution has been designed to make this process as easy as possible for all parties involved.
ALS-ELD is part of the Arethos Logistics System (ALS). It can be used as a single component or combined with the logistics product. If a company is using this ELD solution as a combined product then all of the information about the driver, truck, trailer and load is automatically updated once the trip is assigned to a particular driver. ALS-ELD is compatible with all kinds of mobile devices running on an Android or iOS platform.
8. FleetOperate ELD
Against just C$ 0.99 a day, the premium subscription plan offers the driver and fleet manager a wide range of useful features such as: HOS/ELD for US and Canada, vehicle diagnostics, portal access (RODS, driver profile), GPS navigation for trucks, IFTA reporting, vehicle inspection reports. One of the few weaknesses of this ELD solution is that its documents station has no print option.
Our Final Say
Thank you for taking the time to read our review. If you are a fleet manager or an owner, we hope that our review will help you pick up the ELD solution that will bring your fleet to full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. All of the devices reviewed above are 100% compliant with the ELD mandate and do a great job for the money you will have to pay so as to integrate them.
Smaller fleets generally aim at simpler ELD solutions that are free or monthly subscription fees and additional charges, while larger ones are willing to pay a bit more for a wider range of features.
If you are a professional driver, we hope that our review has helped you get acquainted with some of the most popular ELD devices currently available on the market. Some of them are easier to use then others but, given proper coaching, all of them can become your best friend on the road over time.
An ELD is a Must
If you still think you can do without an ELD, consider that since the ELD mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017, no trucks or commercial vehicles can operate without a functioning ELD. Any trucks discovered to be operating without electronic logging devices or automatic onboard recording devices after that date are being rigorously cited.
Even though no authority is permitted to put a vehicle out of service for ELD violations to start, that doesn’t mean the punishments will not be harsh. Citations for mandate violations already carry significant weight, and fines are hefty.