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Gorilla Safety ELD

5 Total Score
Basic ELD, plus interesting extras

Gorilla Safety's ELD is a basic BYOD that is missing some typical features, but adds some interesting safety management functionality.

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Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost
$175 $24 $1579


PROS:
  • Interesting addtional fleet safety features
  • Decently low cost
  • Easy to install

CONS:
  • No messaging feature
  • No engine data feature yet
  • Log edit process can be a bit confusing


Gorilla Safety’s ELD and fleet management system is quite unique. The ELD software itself is a fairly standard mobile app that runs on your smart phone or tablet. It lacks some common features like messaging and engine diagnostics (more on this below), but it also includes some very interesting safety management tools that we have not seen in any other ELD.

The app itself feels sleek, modern, and fairly well designed. It does seem to still have a few buggy spots, and is not always the most intuitive. Specifically, editing logs from the app can be confusing until you figure out the slightly odd method for doing so. Navigating the app is fairly simple overall, but there are some unusual workflows that may take some getting used to.

As mentioned, the Gorilla ELD does not support a few basic features that you see in almost every other device on the market. For example, there is no messaging between the driver’s app and the dispatch office. As such, fleets that are used to “macro” messages that automatically integrate with back office dispatch software will find no such capabilities here. The device also does not capture engine diagnostic info such as fault codes, fuel consumption, etc. Gorilla has suggested that this feature is in the works and will hopefully be released soon. Drivers also do not get an easy view of all their recap hours for each day of the upcoming week, only today and tomorrow. On the back-office side, there is not currently an easy  way to allocate un-logged driving to specific drivers. It is a very manual process to make those kind of log corrections.

So there are certainly some missing features, but Gorilla also includes a very unique set of safety and fleet management tools not found in other ELDs. Their DVIR is a patented system that actually uses GPS to record how long a driver spends on his inspection, and to ensure he physically visited all important inspection points on the truck. Defects found during an inspection automatically create a maintenance work-order for back office staff to view and address. The Gorilla system tracks and manages the entire process from inspection, to defect report, to repair, to sign off.

Gorilla’s back office system also has the ability to store Driver Qualification documents, maintenance inspection dates, and many other clerical items required for safety and compliance. The system can provide alerts when documents are expiring, inspections need to be performed, and other critical compliance events. Policy and training documents can also be sent to the driver’s ELD for review and signature, which provides an electronic record of acceptance. The mobile app also includes an accident coaching feature that walks the driver through everything they need to do in the event of an accident. It will prompt them to take pictures of damage, record witness contact info, note police report details, and even capture audio statements from witnesses. In a high-stress accident situation, having a clear guide to ensure the driver gathers all the required info can be extremely valuable.

So while Gorilla may not yet be the best stand-alone ELD on the market, it has some expanded safety and compliance features that most other ELDs cannot boast. At $175 up front (plus $30/mo for service), the system is quite affordable, but fleets looking for simple Hours of Service compliance may find better pricing and more features in other BYOD devices. However, for fleets looking for a way to also organize their safety records and compliance processes, Gorilla Safety is worth a look.

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Specification

Display Device

Type: BYOD (Bring your own device)

OS: Android and iOS

Features

DVIR

IFTA

Document Scanning

Drivers can make log corrections

Price per unit

Up-front cost: 175

Monthly cost: 24

3-year Total Cost: 1579

General

Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Yes

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

Vendor: Gorilla

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    Anonymous April 28, 2017 at 11:49 am
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    Great

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    Anonymous April 28, 2017 at 11:51 am
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    Very clean app

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    Edgar R. July 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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    Easy app and they have it in Spanish.

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