The Difference Between ELD and AOBRD

What is AOBRD?

AOBRD, or Automatic On-Board Recording Device, is essentially an earlier version of the modern ELD. Both solutions need to be plugged into the vehicle’s ECM port and automatically record HoS data. The main difference is that AOBRD’s record and display much less data compared to ELD’s.

Are AOBRD's Allowed Under the ELD Mandate?

Yes. AOBRD’s have been grandfathered by the ELD mandate until December 2019. This means that fleets already using them can continue to do so until December 16th, 2019, at which point they will need to transition to ELD’s. 


What is the Difference Between AOBRD & ELD?

Below is a table summing up the key difference between the two:


Unidentified DrivingRecords any unidentified driving and displays this data to the driver, fleet manager and DOT officer.Not defined
Auto-Switch to DrivingMust auto switch to driving at 5 mphNot defined
EditsAuto-generated events can not be edited. All edited entries are recorded and require annotation.Records edits, but does not readily display this
FMCSA Output FileReports to the FMCSA via web-services or emailNot defined
Are AOBRD's Allowed Under the ELD Mandate?

As stated above, Commercial vehicle drivers who use an AOBRD prior to the Dec. 18, 2017 deadline are granted a time extension but these drivers must have their AOBRD upgraded or replaced by a certified ELD by Dec. 16, 2019.

Don’t wait for the last minute to become compliant! We offer the highest-rated FMCSA And Canadian DOT compliant ELD devices & solutions. Our ELD solutions can be stand-alone ELD or a combined, total solution with fleet management including driver behavior, temperature monitoring and engine diagnostics. Take a look at our ELD product offerings below.

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Wireless Links offers the highest-rated FMCSA And Canadian DOT compliant ELD devices & solutions. Our ELD solutions can be stand-alone ELD or a combined, total solution with fleet management including driver behavior, temperature monitoring and engine diagnostics.

  • FMCSA Registered - Compliant with Federal, Texas, & California rules and with the Canadian DOT rulings with auto-switch between the two.
  • A Complete Solution - With a wide-range of solutions for Fleet management, temperature monitoring, driver safety and more, we offer one unified platform to streamline your business and lower costs.
  • Easy to Use - Our products are designed to think like drivers so that your drivers don't have to think like computers.
  • Multi-Language Support - Supports English, Spanish, French Canadian and Mandarin Chinese.
Take a look below at our complete selection of Plug & Play ELD Devices, all integrated With Telematics

Compatible with all major vehicle protocols- J1939/J1708 & OBDII and with a wide variety of cable options to choose from, BlueLink ELD works with just about any vehicle. BlueLink sends the GPS and ECM data via BLE to the DriverLog App running on any mobile device, DriverLog receives the data and syncs with the cloud via the mobile device’s cellular data plan.

  • Standalone ELD Compliance Solution- For fleets looking for compliance only, BlueLink plugs into the vehicle’s ECM without interfering with your existing telematics installation.
  • Plug & Play Installation- Simply plug BlueLink into the vehicle’s Jbus port via the 9-Pin, 6-Pin or OBDII (Heavy & Light Duty Cables available) and you’re all set!
  • GPS Tracking- BlueLink Integrated with DriverLog provides for a complete ELD and GPS Tracking solution without the need to install a telematics GPS unit in each vehicle (GPS is dependant on the driver running the App on his phone.)Smartphone & Tablets ELD Solution

An advanced, ELD ready telematics gateway that plugs into the vehicle’s ECM for a complete Fleet Management solution including engine diagnostics, driver behavior, temperature monitoring and more. For ELD compliance, the Piccolo BLE sends the ECM data via Bluetooth BLE and optionally via a standard USB cable to the DriverLog App running on any tablet or smartphone.

  • Provides Functionality & Reliability- Provides the functionality and reliability of a one piece fixed mount integrated on board computer for a fraction of the price.
  • Dual USB & BLE Communication- The Piccolo USB is a hybrid ELD with dual USB & BlueTooth BLE communication, allowing for full in-cabin portability and for a full communication back up in case the USB is disconnected.​
  • A Complete Fleet Management Solution- The Piccolo STX is a modular, plug & play vehicle tracking device providing fleet managers complete, real-time visibility to location, driver behavior, CAN Bus Interface, temperature monitoring and ELD Compliance.

The most advanced and economical ELD solution for fleets, enabling fleets to meet the ELD mandate without incurring additional cellular data costs by connecting via the in-cabin WiFi Hotspot.

  • In-Cabin WiFi Hotspot– DriverLog connects over WiFi to the Piccolo Plus, sending the ECM data via WIFI and uploading the HOS data to the cloud.
  • Makes ELD Affordable- Built in WiFi allows you to cut costs by paying for just ONE SIM for both Fleet Management & ELD Compliance,. In addition, save money by purchasing less expensive WiFi-Only tablets.
  • Future-Proof Fleet Management Gateway-The most innovative, most advanced GPS Telematics Gateway with an unparalleled set of features providing real-time visibility into location status, wireless sensor data, built-in WiFi Hotspot and ​ELD-ready for HOS Compliance.

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