UNDERSTANDING THE MAP 21 MANDATE
This is not the 30 year old AOBRD standard! FMCSA 395.20 § is the latest standard required of drivers on December 18, 2017 and must track every mile a commercial vehicle is used with automatic transitions triggered from the engine diagnostics port.
ELD versus AOBRD. What's the difference? AOBRDs Meet FMCSA’s § 395.15 Regulations not the new § 395.20 standard.
An Automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) is an electric, electronic, electromechanical, or mechanical device capable of recording driver's duty status information accurately and automatically as required by § 395.15. The device must be integrally synchronized with specific operations of the commercial vehicle in which it is installed and, at a minimum, must record:
Date and Time
AOBRD’s are defined in § 395.2 and regulated in § 395.15. These regulations were introduced in 1988 and are nearly 30 years old. The systems that implement AOBRD technology tend to be based on older technology and will become obsolete on December 18, 2017.
ELDs Meet FMCSA’s 395.20 Regulations
Last year in the ELD Mandate, FMCSA introduced a new class of devices, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), that are defined in § 395.20 regulations. These new devices are required to be used by drivers who are subject to record of duty status (RODS) regulations by December 18, 2017.
ELDs represent the latest in technology and are much more sophisticated than the soon to be outmoded AOBRDs. Among other things ELDs must be integrally synchronized with the engine on a commercial vehicle and must capture:
Engine power status
Vehicle motion status
Total miles driven
Total engine hours
Engine power status
ELDs are more advanced than AOBRDs and are required to automate the capture of RODS data automatically at each duty status change, every 60 minutes while the vehicle is in motion, at engine power-on and off events, and at the beginning and end of personal use and yard moves. In addition, ELDs must be capable of automatically transferring RODS data to FMCSA and must monitor themselves for diagnostics and malfunctions.
DataSmart ELD implementation uses an Android or iOS device that connects wirelessly to a dongle or telematics device that is connected the vehicle bus. To meet the vehicle monitoring requirements, vehicle data is streamed continuously from the vbus device to the Android or iOS mobile device. The mobile device processes this information on a background thread, performs the necessary calculations, presents the information to the driver using the familiar grid chart, and synchronizes it with back office servers that run on Amazon Web services.
Don't trust your existing supplier to provide a magic software update to bring your fleet into ELD compliance in 24 months. All of the hardware has changed in 30 years and so have your trucks. DataSmart ELD assures your fleet's ELD compliance.