Continental Offers RoadLog ELD with Telematics

John Sommers II for Transport Topics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Continental Corp. has introduced a new version of its VDO RoadLog electronic logging device that can provide cellular communications.

RoadLog ELD Plus device adds a modem to enable more fleet-management features and over-the-air data transfer for a monthly subscription charge of about $20.

Fleet managers can then use the company’s RoadLog Fleet Online software to track their vehicles and view drivers’ hours-of-service data in near real time.

Continental showed the new capabilities here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Alexis Capelle, ELD program manager at Continental, said the company also plans to offer additional fleet-management features later this year, including driver and vehicle performance monitoring, messaging to and from drivers and dispatch capabilities.

The company also continues to offer its basic ELD version of the product, which is not a telematics device and has no monthly subscription charges.

Both the ELD and ELD Plus models include a built-in thermal printer that drivers can use to print out their electronic logs.

Capelle said the basic version of the product is designed for owner-operators and small fleets focused primarily on complying with the upcoming federal ELD mandate. The ELD Plus hardware is designed for those who are looking to do more with the system.

Under the mandate, nearly all drivers who use paper logs to record their hours of service will be required to install an ELD in their trucks by Dec. 18, 2017.