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Garmin logging devices let US lorry drivers meet new regulations

Steve Rogerson
May 24, 2017
Swiss company Garmin has announced an hours-of-service (HoS) electronic logging device (ELD) for drivers who need to comply with recent amendments to the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The Garmin eLog is said to be easy to install and set up and comes with no subscription fees. The device is equipped with an adaptor that supports nine-pin J1939 and six-pin J1708 diagnostic ports to fit nearly any lorry. Drivers can download the free eLog app to a compatible smartphone to complete their ELD compliance. Once downloaded, records of duty status (RoDS) are securely stored in the driver’s smartphone with the option to share eLog data for inspection purposes.
“The Garmin eLog automatically prepares and stores hours-of-service and records of duty status with no subscription fees giving truckers one less thing to worry about when they’re on the road,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Users are now getting a solution for ELD compliance that is both flexible and simple to use.”
The ELD automatically prepares RoDS and provides drivers with access to their duty status and remaining driving hours. Additionally, it securely stores RoDS locally to the driver’s smartphone. A USB port connection is built into the hardware to allow for easy inspections and retrievals of ELD data.
It is compatible with the Garmin D?zl 570, 770 or D?zlCam trucking navigators to receive all the benefits offered by the ELD right on the navigation display screen. This pairing eliminates the need for drivers to glance at a smartphone for ELD data, and leaves information stored securely on the navigation device instead of the smartphone.
In addition, the eLog will soon include driver vehicle inspection reporting and international fuel tax agreement logs, and have the ability to transfer RoDS seamlessly via Bluetooth.
The ELD is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2017 and is compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices with Bluetooth and GPS capability.
Garmin is incorporated in Switzerland, and its main subsidiaries are in the USA, Taiwan and the UK.