Per the Rule no stand-alone smart phone or tablet-based solution will be able to meet ELD Rule’s specs.

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ELD Smart Phone

No stand-alone smart phone or tablet-based solution will be able to meet ELD Rule’s specs.

Why? The ELD must be able to record “unidentified driving” events. Even if the driver is not logged into an ELD, the device must record vehicle data (engine hours, vehicle miles, location, vehicle ID) at engine power up and shut down as well as when the vehicle starts moving or stops. Therefore, an ELD system must include a device installed in the vehicle that has the ability to record data (engine hours, vehicle miles, location, vehicle ID) independent of the presence of a smartphone or tablet. A smart phone or a tablet can’t meet this requirement by itself because, if the smart device is removed from the vehicle, there’s no data being recorded.

Bottom Line?

Any system that does not include a device that stays in the vehicle and records engine hours, vehicle miles, location and vehicle ID cannot meet the FMCSA requirements for ELDs.

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