Cummins, the engine maker, Friday, June 23, announced the launch of ZED Connect, a software company whose first offering is a smartphone-based electronic logging device compliant with the U.S. DOT’s ELD mandate.
The ZED smartphone ELD app is aimed at the small fleets and owner-operators. Dubbed a “plug and play” device, the ELD includes visual inspection reporting functionality, commercial routing and other features, in addition to tracking hours of service.
The company charges $200 for the Bluetooth-enabled hardware that connects to a truck’s ECM.
The ZED platform will work with all engine makers, Cummins says — the key reason the company started ZED as a separate entity. The company says its ELD is a simple compliance option for the federal ELD mandate. Drivers must begin using an ELD to track hours of service by Dec. 18.
For fleets, ZED touts a fleet management portal with real-time equipment tracking, hours of service monitoring, vehicle inspection report tracking and access to repair records, among other features.