As we approach the next deadline of the ELD Mandate it’s important to understand the difference between ELD vs. AOBRD, what this deadline means, and why it’s crucial for fleets to understand it if you have not upgraded to an ELD from an AOBRD (Automatic Onboard Recording Device).

For starters, most drivers and fleets don’t know that the use of AOBRDs have been grandfathered underneath the ELD Mandate. During the initial rollout of the ELD Mandate, fleet’s that were operating using AOBRDs were given until December 16th, 2019 to update systems to ELD software and hardware.

However, in order to better understand the importance of this next wave of the ELD Mandate it is critical to understand that key differences between ELDs and AOBRDs.

What exactly is an AOBRD?

 Essentially, an AOBRD is a piece of hardware that connects to a vehicle’s engine to record a driver’s hours-of-service (HOS). It functions very similar to an ELD except that it records and displays less data.

What AOBRDs Record:

  • Date and time
  • Engine hours
  • Vehicle miles
  • Drive times
  • Locations
  • Duty status

AOBRDs also only record a driver’s location during each change of duty status and can be entered manually. AOBRDs do not display a driver’s log edit history and driving time can only be edited when attributed to the wrong driver.

The FL1850. LoadTrek’s long standing AOBRD device.

How are ELDs different?

 The primary difference between an ELD and an AOBRD all come down to regulations and restrictions. The rules surrounding ELDs are specific on how the device must handle certain events and situations.

For example, ELDs do not allow a driver’s driving time to be edited once recorded and also keeps a record of every edit made to a driver’s HOS log. ELDs also automatically switch a driver to ‘On-duty not driving’ or to ‘Driving’ depending on the motion of the vehicle. ELDs also contain identifying information on the driver or user, motor carrier, and vehicle including: duty status, logging in and out, engine start and stop, and malfunctions.

In addition to all of this, ELDs are required to warn drivers about any unassigned driving time and miles that the device records when they log into the ELD. ELDs require that all vehicle miles be accounted for (even if the truck is just temporarily moved).

The brain behind LoadTrek’s ELD – the LX-2000

The time to upgrade is now!

 If you haven’t already been thinking about how you plan to upgrade from your AOBRD device to an ELD the time to do so is now. Luckily, LoadTrek offers the most advanced ELD and transportation management system on the market. Our entire ELD platform is Android based and our TMS runs completely in the cloud.

December will be here before you know it, so now is the time to do your research, decide on a product, and implement. If you’d like more information on how LoadTrek can help you make a seamless transition reach out to us!