AOBRD versus ELD
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Author: Justin Schmid

Content Marketing Specialist

GPS Insight Forward IconAOBRD versus ELD

  • Electronic Logging Devices are technically a type of Automatic Onboard Recording Device. ELDs, though, can track more data, such as total engine hours, location, engine power, and vehicle motion.
  • ELDs also give drivers the final say over their logs.
  • AOBRDs are no longer compliant with FMCSA regulations as of December 17, 2019.


Though the Electronic Logging Devices deadline has passed, we still see questions about AOBRD versus ELD solutions. That’s no surprise, considering that the highly regulated trucking business is often a big serving of technical terms and acronyms.

Let’s make sense of the AOBRD (automatic onboard recording device) versus ELD (Electronic Logging Device) question and offer some insights about implementation.

Don’t They Do the Same Thing?

If you want to get technical, an ELD really is a type of AOBRD. While that’s also true of an Electronic On-Board Recorder, that’s not a term we hear very often.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has resources that explore the technical specifics. In a nutshell, ELDs have more capabilities and are more automated than AOBRDs. For example, AOBRDs record miles driven, date and time, speed and engine use. And ELDs add to the capabilities with data such as total engine hours, location, engine power, and vehicle motion.

Also, ELDs transfer data automatically and can handle more self-diagnostics.

ELD Puts Drivers in Control

There’s another aspect to the AOBRD versus ELD conversation: ELDs are built with the intent of giving drivers more control over their logs. They’ll be able to correct information as-needed to ensure the most accurate tracking.

The videos below dives into ELD functionality. ELD expert John Gaither breaks the issue down so that organizations, drivers and fleet managers can understand why AOBRDs are making way for new technology.

AOBRD Versus ELD: Your Questions Answered

As our ELD expert, John Gaither has fielded just about every ELD-related question. In these videos, he’ll answer some of the most-common questions — starting with John’s Top 3 tips for transitioning to ELDs.


Next, John discusses some of the real differences between AOBRDs and ELDs. 

Most Companies and Drivers are Already Onboard

According to surveys by Overdrive and Commercial Carrier Journal, 30% of respondents were still using legacy AOBRDs. About 11% percent of those are in transition and using both during the final days before the deadline. 

That left a major portion of the industry moving inexorably toward Dec. 17, 2019. 

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