EROAD is one of the most dependable, durable, and accurate systems in the business. It's easy to use, affordably priced, and has been independently tested for ELD mandate compliance by the PIT Group research firm.
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- Durable and easy to use
- PIT Group verified as fully mandate compliant
- Highly accurate and reliable
- Best fuel tax tracker on the market
- “Smart Short Haul” feature automatically handles short-haul exemption
- Smaller screen
EROAD’s Ehubo is one of the most all around high-quality devices on the market right now. The hardware is sturdy and reliable, the software is easy to use, and the information it captures is highly accurate. While it is affordably priced, there are cheaper systems out there. And while it has lots of nice extra features, there are systems out there with more bells and whistles. But for a simple, dependable, user-friendly ELD, EROAD is very tough to beat.
One of the big ways EROAD sets themselves apart is their commitment to being 100% ELD mandate compliant. Any vendor can self-certify and be added to the FMCSA’s list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the system is truly up to code. To provide their customers with more assurance, EROAD submitted their device for independent verification by PIT Group – a transportation technology testing firm. PIT Group put the EROAD system through a rigorously extensive testing process with real trucks and real drivers, to ensure that the product is fully compliant with every line of the ELD mandate. To our knowledge, EROAD is the only device to have gone through this kind of independent testing. Choosing to be verified by a third party shows a lot of confidence in the product, and it gives customers peace of mind to knowing their ELD investment will pass FMCSA muster.
The Ehubo itself is a dedicated all-in-one device with a single cable that plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. At only 4.5 inches, the screen is a fair bit smaller than most, but the user interface is so well designed that you hardly notice. Buttons are large and text is very readable. The small keyboard may make typing a little difficult for larger fingers, but there is very minimal typing required. In addition to the normal ECM connection, the Ehubo can also be used in older vehicles that don’t have an ECM. Using a 3-wire install and alternate data capture methods, the device is one of the few on the market that can still record information at the level of accuracy required by the ELD mandate. This allows fleets with older trucks to put all their vehicles on one system if desired.
Beyond being highly compliant and accurate, EROAD is genuinely easy to use. The driver’s user interface is well designed and intuitive. Daily tasks are very simple, and more complicated things like editing logs can be done easily on the device. There are also a lot of nice little conveniences for the driver that are not found in many systems. In addition to the officially required log transmission methods, drivers can also email a PDF of their logs to anyone they like. There is a simple screen showing recap hours for each day, so drivers know the exact amount of time that will be added to their 60/70 hour clock over the coming days. The system works very smoothly for team drivers. In these and many other ways the device is smartly designed to be simple and hassle free for the driver.
The back office system, called Depot, is also very easy use. There are good tools in place for making suggested log edits and assigning unidentified driving time. EROAD was originally a distance tracker for fuel tax purposes, so the system sports the best IFTA reporting tools in the business. For many carriers, the savings from accurately claiming exempt fuel tax miles alone may be enough to pay for the cost of the system. Dispatchers can send chat messages back and forth with drivers. Flexible geofences can be set up to monitor activity at important locations such as customer shipping yards. The system can track and schedule regular vehicle maintenance. And there is a very nice dashboard tool which shows all kinds of safety events like speeding, harsh braking, etc. EROAD’s recently released “Inspect” system allows drivers to complete DVIRs and helps drivers and maintenance staff smoothly track any reported defects through the entire repair process. With all of these extra tools, the exact features you get will depend somewhat on the pricing package you choose, but there’s a lot to like no matter what your specific needs may be.
In mid 2020 EROAD came out with their “Smart Short Haul” feature, which automatically figures out when drivers exceed the 100 air-mile or 12 hour limits of the short haul exemption. This is a really great tool for local and regional drivers, because it takes the guess work out of determining when you need to keep logs. The EROAD ELD figures it out for you and starts recording the required logs automatically, so you’re always covered.
While the EROAD system does have a lot of great extra features, there are some that are still in progress. GPS navigation and engine diagnostics are in the works, but are not yet available. EROAD integrates with some big name TMS providers like McCleod, and more integrations are underway. Add-on tools like dash cams are also coming in the near future. The system is already easy to use, but enhancements are being added to streamline daily activities for drivers and manager. So while there is some room for the product to grow, it seems that it will continue to do so.
Depending on the features you need, EROAD offers several different pricing plans. Prices start at $35/mo for a simple ELD-only plan and range up to $60/mo for the TotalFleet plan with all the available features. The mid-range TotalTax plan contains all but the most advanced fleet management tools and is $45/mo. There is a one-time activation fee of $35 and the ECM cable costs $65. There is no up front cost for the device itself if the customer chooses one of the lease plans mentioned above. However, customers who prefer to buy the hardware outright may do so, and thus pay a reduced monthly charge. All pricing plans include hardware warranty and tech support.
Users rate EROAD’s customer support very highly. Every fleet we’ve spoken with has given glowing reviews of their experience with the support team. Customers can get help via phone, email, or even by using the chat feature built right into the EROAD back office software. Right now support is only available 8am-5pm PST, but may expand in the future. EROAD also provides a wealth of good training videos and how-to guides to help new users get familiar with the system. There are detailed walkthroughs on everything from making log edits to fuel tax reporting, and some of the user tutorials are even available in Spanish.
In summary, EROAD is a top notch ELD and it will only continue to become more appealing as additional features are added. Those looking for a durable all-in-one system with bullet-proof compliance, highly accurate tracking, and excellent fuel tax capabilities really can’t do much better. Add to that the affordable monthly pricing, sturdy hardware, and helpful support and it’s a top shelf option that anyone in the market should seriously consider.
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Price per unit
Up-front cost: 0
Monthly cost: 35
3-year Total Cost: 1260
Transmits logs to DOT via: Telematics (Email / Web Services)
Top Five: 5