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Today’s Pickup: Konexial acquires Axle Technologies AOBRD customers

ELD maker Konexial is expanding its customer base through the acquisition of Axle Technologies’ AORBD customer list.

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Konexial, which sells the My20 ELD, has acquired the complete list of Axle Technologies automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) customers. Konexial said it will immediately begin transitioning those customers over to its ELD device ahead of the federal Dec. 16, 2019, deadline to do so.

All truck drivers currently running AOBRDs must begin using an ELD by that date. According to the latest weekly FreightWaves/ERoad and CarrierLists survey, just 3% of carriers continue to operate on AOBRDs. Overall, the survey indicates that most carriers are now compliant.

Axle’s customers were not, but the sale to Konexial will ensure they have access to an ELD before the deadline. 

“We were very impressed by both the organization and customer roster that the Axle team developed and felt that their device would be a perfect fit with the Konexial family of products,” said Andy Dishner, chief operating officer for Konexial. “This transaction will expand Konexial’s roster of ELD customers while converting Axle customers to telematics technology well in time for the AOBRD deadline.”

As part of the transition, Axle customers will have the opportunity to access Konexial’s My20 Tower product. The product “contains everything needed to meet FMCSA electronic logging device compliance, while receiving real-time data on all trucks and drivers on the road,” Dishner said.

Following the integration with Konexial, data from Axle devices can be used to dynamically match up drivers who have extra hours and capacity with available loads from shippers via Konexial’s GoLoad dynamic load matching platform, the company said. Loads are matched based on location, direction, hours of service, and economic criteria.

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Final Thoughts

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Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]