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BigRoad DashLink

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Low cost and user friendly

Not a lot of bells and whistles, but it provides ELD compliance and a very good driver experience at a great price.

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$0 $40 $1440


PROS:
  • Low cost
  • User friendly for the driver
  • Easy to install

CONS:
  • Lacks many non-HOS features that are standard in more expensive products
  • Easily disabled


 

BigRoad is a very popular stand-alone app for drivers to keep logs on their phone. More recently they have added ELD hardware that allows the app to connect to the truck engine data. This system really shines as a simple, user-friendly, affordable option. There are not a lot of extra bells and whistles, but it does the job of of providing easy-to-use log compliance at a great price.

Like many BYOD options, the system works with any Apple or Android phone or tablet. Just install the free app. Drivers pay nothing to install the app, and fleet owners pay $15/driver/month for access (There is also a $15/mo charge for any office users that need to access the system). To make the solution into a true ELD also requires a $10/mo DashLink device which plugs into the truck’s diagnostic port. So there is no up front cost, unless you choose to provide some sort of mounting hardware to attach the device  to the dash (soon to be required per the ELD mandate). You’ll of course also need an Apple or Android mobile device with a data plan. Driver could be asked to provide their own, but if the company is providing them you can probably get a free  device with service contract, and a basic data plan for something around $15/mo. So all in you’re looking at $40/mo, plus any mounting hardware you buy up front. That makes BigRoad one of the most affordable options on the market right now.

The app itself is very user friendly, and many drivers are already familiar with it. It provides a simple display of HOS time remaining, and drivers can edit their own logs as needed. The main goal of the app is simplicity, but it does provide a few helpful extra features, such as a google map showing location and traffic. Navigation is not provided, but of course a separate app of your choosing could be installed for that. The BigRoad app also allows basic two-messaging between the driver and the home office. The driver can easily view their upcoming recap hours, and can email/fax/print their logs from the device. There is only a very basic inspection form allowing a driver to certify that an inspection was done and comment on any defects. Beyond these basic HOS features, there are not a lot of other capabilities.

BigRoad gives back office users GPS tracking, simple messaging, and a nice snapshot of current HOS compliance. There are also a few reports that show things like miles per state for IFTA reporting. Missing are many of the more advanced management features like idling reports, MPG and engine fault codes, DVIR tracking and alerts, Macros/Workflow, and official out-of-the-box TMS integrations.

For fleets looking for a full-featured telematics solution with rich ROI possibilities, this may not be a good fit. But for fleets looking for simple, user-friendly ELD compliance, BigRoad seems a great choice. Drivers like the app. Installing the unit takes all of 5 minutes, making it very good for Owner Operator fleets and short term leased vehicles. Sales and support staff are friendly and well educated on the product and HOS regulations. And best of all, you get a good experience for a great price.

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Specification

Display Device

Type: BYOD (Bring your own device)

OS: Android and iOS

Features

Two-way messaging

IFTA

Document Scanning

Drivers can make log corrections

Price per unit

Up-front cost: 0

Monthly cost: 40

3-year Total Cost: 1440

General

Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Yes

Transmits logs to DOT via: Web (Email / Web Services)

Vendor: BigRoad

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    Mike salzer April 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    I’ve used most ELDs out there. I think the big road app is one of the most user friendly ELD out there.

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    Thomas Morrison July 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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    I’ve used the app and was very pleased with its performance, and ease of usage !

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    Blair Blakely July 13, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I tried the Big Road free e-log app on my phone several months ago. Two months ago I went ahead and signed up for the AOBRD. The price is reasonable, although I was required to pay for a year in advance ($300) and my old eyes have trouble with the app on my smartphone so I bought a tablet to run it. Installation is simple. The Google maps feature with live traffic maps is almost worth the price of admission on it’s own.

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    Nick July 13, 2017 at 10:10 am
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    By far the best ELD I’ve used out in the marketplace. I’ve tried a couple as a OO and have talked to friends who have used others. This is the best and easiest to use I’ve seen. Does everything I need it to!

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    Steve Wright July 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
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    I actually came across BigRoad has part of my Fleet Complete service (apparently Fleet Complete bought BigRoad?) so the combined, integrated solution is incredible. BigRoad has the easiest to use ELD app out there and Fleet Complete provides all the vehicle data, engine measurements, etc that BigRoad by itself lacked. I think if you re-reviewed the product with Fleet Complete the rating would be a 9

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    Anonymous August 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    who designed the app. I cant figure out how to edit logs.

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    Nick August 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Just as an important piece of info. I called BR decided to buy their ELD but after the first question I realized this is not for me. No bashing or anything, just facts. BR DO NOT work for drivers who are crossing the border into Canada.
    I cross the border every week and this detail made me turn around and keep searching for others ELD.

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    Anonymous September 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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    We tried this and JJ Keller. None of them worked well. Went with Omntracs.

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