Pocket Tools

Todd Dills | July 01, 2011

What they say: Combined with an online storage account ($9.95 monthly and up), the app “will pay for itself by reducing your paperwork alone.” It also allows for signature capture to enable drivers to electronically sign and store online daily logs and inspection reports.

Access: iPhone. www.iddl.com



uDrove

What it does: Computer-assisted logging and vehicle inspection report functionality as well as mileage tracking for taxes and fuel and other expense recording capability.

What they say: The app is free, but a web storage account for $25 monthly completes the package. The company is building its “Gateway” system to be a full-function electronic onboard recorder managed from your smartphone, offering access to critical equipment information in real time to identify cost-reduction opportunities and partial automation of logs for accurate compliance.

Access: iPhone, Android, Blackberry. udrove.com



Xata Turnpike RouteTracker

What it does: The RouteTracker is a multi-function federally certified electronic onboard recorder. It combines an application for smartphone users that connects to the engine ECM via a small device plugged into the ECM, for no additional charge.

What they say: Software package includes access to engine diagnostics and other performance information, real-time tracking capability – useful in alerting consignees/shippers and other customers as to your truck’s arrival time – and automated IFTA data collection and reporting, in addition to the logging capability. Installation time is “less than 10 minutes,” the company says. Combined with web-based storage and tools, the package costs $35 a month.

Access: Most smartphones on Verizon and Sprint networks, including Android-operated. xata.com or eobr.com.



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Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator

What it does: Offers quick search for Continental dealers as well as one-touch access to roadside service network.

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