Cummins Inc. has announced the launch of ZED Connect, a new company that’s taking an innovative approach to helping commercial trucking fleets, drivers and industry partners overcome challenges and improve their bottom line while working across all makes and models.
ZED Connect’s initial offering is ZED ELD, a simple and low-cost electronic logging device (ELD) to help carriers and drivers electronically log their hours, which is a requirement taking effect later this year. The smartphone-based solution is ideal for small- and mid-sized fleets seeking to meet the new federal requirements while minimizing the associated financial impact. Drivers and owner-operators benefit from the simplicity of this plug-and-play solution, which includes ELD, visual inspection reporting, commercial routing and more.
ZED Connect’s leadership team is led by President and CEO Skip Kinford. During his career, Kinford has had experience in technology solutions, business development and global sales while serving in leadership roles with MiX Telematics Limited, inthInc Technology Solutions, Inc. and Mobileye.
“ZED Connect understands that now, more than ever, drivers and fleet owners are using data and analytics to improve their businesses and increase their bottom line,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “ZED Connect is developing products and services that will provide outstanding benefits for companies across the industry. Their first product offering, ZED ELD, is an intuitive smartphone-based ELD solution that fills the void for small- and medium-duty fleets who need a way to easily and inexpensively log hours electronically. ZED Connect is off to a great start and I believe they are poised to have a very positive impact on our industry.”
“Cummins’ deep relationships within the on-highway market and its leadership in integrated solutions make this an exciting partnership for ZED Connect,” said Skip Kinford, newly-appointed president and CEO, ZED Connect. “We view this opportunity as a way to collaborate with an industry leader to solve mutual customers’ problems. Our model of linking the collective knowledge and information across an open ecosystem will provide substantial value to fleets, original equipment manufacturers, manufacturers and technology service providers.”
ZED ELD includes a nominal one-time fee for bluetooth-enabled hardware connecting to the vehicle. The solution was designed with clean-sheet inspired technology utilizing input from drivers, fleet managers and owners.