Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs – or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That’s progress! This does raise a question, though: Where do these terms come from? I did some research, and the number of terms that may also apply to ELD and EOBR type devices is more than you might expect.
The EOBR mandate appears like it is going to happen. The FMCSA has already issued a proposed rulemaking. Congress has introduced legislation to force FMCSA to act on timely basis if it does not on its own. Here is more information regarding Qualcomm and MTI's Horizon integration. Implementing EOBRs has proven to be a good thing. What we have heard from our customers and other carriers with EOBRs are three things: