An Electronic On-Board Recorder is an electronic device attached to any commercial motor vehicle, which is used to record the amount of time a vehicle is being driven. These types of electronic devices will become even more common, and most likely more sophisticated, as technology continues to develop and as truck drivers are asked to do more driving for their companies.
Mandated back in 2012, Electronic On-Board Recorders help government officials monitor predominantly the driving hours of all commercial motor carriers. They are designed to prevent commercial vehicle-related crashes and fatalities by prescribing on-duty and rest periods for drivers.
However, EOBRs also help record and maintain critical vehicle information regarding fuel consumption, engine performance and idle control, vehicle maintenance, trailer temperature control, and chain-of-custody reporting. EOBRs are important for safety of the truck driver and safety of all other drivers on the road, as is having a commercial roadside assistance plan.