Are all ELDs the same?


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One question we get asked is, “Is there really a difference between the ELD options?” We asked HOS-Reporter | Pro for some added information about AOBRDs and ELDs.

With less than a month to the mandate deadline, what advice would you give drivers who haven’t selected an e-log provider yet?

The REAL deadline is for AOBRD installations. Before December 18th, 2017 drivers can choose either an AOBRD or an ELD. After the 18th, the AOBRD option is gone. Drivers owe it to themselves to know the difference since our research indicates that small fleets and owner-operators will nearly all wish they had an AOBRD.

So, what’s the big deal about AOBRDs?

In a word, flexibility. AOBRD logs are highly editable, and ELD logs are not. Also:

  • ELD logs are electronically scanned. AOBRD logs are not. Far less information is sent to authorized safety officials when sending AOBRD logs.
  • AOBRD regulations have far fewer requirements. Over time, this generally translates into fewer citations.
  • AOBRD log edits let drivers adapt to real world situations that ELDs can’t accommodate.

Don’t ELDs and AOBRDs basically work the same way?

They don’t. ELDs get nearly all of their data from the truck’s computer. AOBRDs do not.

Will drivers need new hardware or software when the AOBRD grandfather period ends in December 2019?

That depends. Older AOBRDs generally don’t have a connection to the ECM of the truck. The HOS-Reporter Atlas device has two operating modes. Both AOBRD and ELD modes are included with every subscription. Drivers can choose when they want to make the transition from AOBRD mode to ELD mode.

We heard the mandate may be postponed or even eliminated. Is this true?

Probably not, and if it isn’t, drivers will receive citations for failing to comply. Although the carrier safety score won’t be affected until April 1st of 2018, the cost of a citation is more than the yearly cost of HOS-Reporter. It doesn’t make sense to wait. Also, transitioning from paper logs to e-logs takes a bit of practice. Our advice is: Don’t wait!

Okay, so what makes your AOBRD different?

  • The Atlas in-vehicle device is more advanced than most in that it will store data related to driving events when a tablet or smartphone is not present. When the tablet is reconnected, the data is properly restored. This prevents loss of data and will reduce the number of citations for incomplete logs.
  • We also provide vehicle inspection software and IFTA data to save drivers time as well as a roadside inspection feature to speed the process with authorized safety officials.
  • We’re also proud that we have virtually every federal exemption, all the state rules and exemptions, Canada and Mexico compliance, and even the Michigan construction season exemption. Many providers didn’t take the time to write code for the dozens of alternate rules. We also offer English, Spanish, and Canadian French versions.
  • HOS-Reporter | Pro has the best warranty available. We include a lifetime device warranty and free lifetime support which is 100% US based. Also, you are buying the Atlas from a company with telematics experience gained from over 3 million connected vehicles.
  • Our solution includes fully embedded help in both the app and our online portal. Answers are where you need them, when you need them. This makes the app especially easy to learn and use, which is why over 75% of the customers who have participated in our free trial have purchased.


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