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BigRoad’s newest product, DashLink, is an electronic logging device (ELD) that creates driver logs compliant with existing U.S. and Canadian regulations, and provides fleets and owner-operators with an easy and low-cost upgrade for the upcoming ELD mandate.

DashLink is currently available for Android mobile devices, and to use DashLink, drivers must be running the company’s mobile app with DashLink support. Support for iOS will be provided in an upcoming release. Most heavy- and light-duty trucks manufactured after 2008 are compatible.

Ontario-based BigRoad says the aim is “to give the industry the easiest and most flexible way to get started with engine-connected electronic logs.” Unlike existing embedded on-board recorders (EOBRs), the company says DashLink can be installed in seconds for a very low cost.

DashLink is fully compliant with US AOBRD (395.15) and Canadian Electronic Recording Device (SOR-2005 313) regulations. It works in conjunction with the BigRoad mobile app to record driving time, automatically ensuring that driver hours-of-service (HOS) logs are easily and accurately created. The DashLink device is plugged into the truck’s diagnostic port (or otherwise connected to the vehicle’s engine), and the BigRoad app is then used to configure the vehicle for use in engine-connected mode.

Logs are easier to create, the company says, because the truck and its odometer values are recorded automatically, and there’s always an accurate record of driving time. There’s no need for a printer in the truck, and the accurate, automated record-keeping streamlines roadside inspections and back-office audits.

When the ELD regulations are finalized, fleets and owner-operators using DashLink can be assured of compliance, says BigRoad. If a driver installs it prior to the two-year implementation deadline for ELD, BigRoad and DashLink can continue to be used as an AOBRD for an additional two years beyond the implementation deadline, providing a cushion surrounding compliance.

DashLink can be purchased direct from BigRoad for $10 per month per vehicle, and the whole system (BigRoad subscription plus DashLink device) is available direct from BigRoad for $25 per month.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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