DriverTech launches in-cab mobile device with ELD and camera for $799

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Updated Jan 23, 2017
The DT4000 Rev 7 comes with an ELD application, driver messaging, a camera for critical event video capture, and more for $799.The DT4000 Rev 7 comes with an ELD application, driver messaging, a camera for critical event video capture, and more for $799.

On Friday, Jan. 20, DriverTech announced the launch of the DT4000 Rev 7, a new mobile communications device platform that comes with Electronic Logging Device (ELD) capabilities and a front-facing dash camera to capture critical event video, all for $799.

At the $799 price point, the DT4000 Rev 7 competes with onboard computing and communications products in the middle tier of the market in terms of cost. Examples of products in this tier include the Omnitracs MCP110 and Rand McNally TND760.

In terms of computing power and functionality, however, the DT4000 Rev 7 is in the top-tier of products in market, said Mark Haslam, CEO of Salt Lake City, Utah-based DriverTech.

“We’ve created our most powerful system ever – it’s packed with new capabilities such as 100 percent more computing capacity, installs in under twenty minutes and includes a front-facing critical event camera,” he said.

The platform installs in under 20 minutes by mounting the hardware to the dash and connecting a single cable to the vehicle diagnostics port.

“We see fleets looking at a wide range of ELD and video capture technology as an additive, but not very cohesive, solution – we chose to merge these into a single platform at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Sanderson, director of sales for DriverTech.

Over 500 fleets currently use DriverTech’s software and its Tier 1 Network Operating Center — which has gone 11 years without a system outage — to keep their trucks and drivers in communications with fleet managers, the company said. Roehl Transport and U.S. Xpress are some of the DriverTech’s first and longest-lasting fleet customers.

Beyond the new hardware, DriverTech has made recent additions to its software that include:

  • Video capture of critical events, such as hard braking,
  • WorkFlow integrations with transportation management software providers,
  • A smartphone app to link business processes to drivers outside of the cab,
  • Fleet-managed Truck Safe Navigation.
DriverTech designs and manufactures its hardware and software from its headquarters in Salt Lake City.DriverTech designs and manufactures its hardware and software from its headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Other recent software development includes interfaces with Cummins Connected Diagnostics and MTIS (Meritor Tire Inflation System) products.

The DT4000 was designed with stability and safety for the driver and fleet, Haslam said. The design team put a special emphasis on distracted driving and has carefully followed the SAE J2571 standard for ‘Mode Control’ which sets standards for Truck and Bus user interfaces and stipulates that certain functions are restricted while driving.

“Preventing the driver from using distracting elements of the smart phone is nearly impossible when you make the smart phone the primary driver interface for HOS or other applications,” said Sanderson.

DriverTech entered the trucking market in 2005 after being a development partner with the US Army for mobile computing from 1997 through 2004. The company manufactures the DT4000 Rev 7 and all of its hardware and software products from its headquarters in Salt Lake City.