Electronic Logging Devices: Cummins Debuts its ELD AppELD Mandate: Cummins' ZED Connect App
Renowned engine manufacturer, Cummins, has just released a new software platform entitled ZED Connect. While it is owned by Cummins, the engine manufacturer has decided to establish ZED Connect as a separate company. ZED Connect’s new app aims to function as an electronic logging device (ELD) that is fully compliant with the upcoming U.S. Department of Transportation ELD mandate, which states that all drivers must begin using electronic logging devices to track their hours of service on or before Dec. 18, 2017.
The platform also includes a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that allows for “plug-and-play” functionality with a truck’s ECM system. This new platform targets small fleets and owner-operators. Using the ECM connection and the smartphone app, drivers and owner-operators are able to track hours of service. The service also offers fleets with other features within their platform, such as tracking of vehicle inspection reports and easy access to available truck repair records. Once information is fed into the system, users can see visual representations of the ECM data using the smartphone app. ZED states that their new product is one of the easiest ways to be fully compliant with the federal ELD mandate.
This new platform seems to be rather friendly to consumers as, according to ZED Connect, the new platform will function with every engine maker, not just those manufactured by ZED’s parent company, Cummins. The major up-front cost for the ZED platform is the price of the Bluetooth enabled ECM hardware, which costs $200. However, once the hardware is installed into the vehicle, owners and operators should be able to leave the hardware running while they make their trips.
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