On-board Diagnostics

OBD is a federally required system of all new cars manufactured since 1996. The system was established in order to protect the environment from vehicle damages by setting emission standards. Car automakers used electronics to control fuel and ignition systems in order to meet those standards.



What is OBD?

OBD is an acronym for the term On-board Diagnostics. In the early 1980s the introduction of vehicle computers made OBD possible. Our OBD module is compatible with most vehicles (cars, light trucks, SUV’s, and minivans). All vehicles in the U.S. beginning with the 1996 model year were required to be OBD II equipped to set emission standards. Prior to 1996, mechanics did diagnostics with tune-up test units displaying data on an oscilloscope now they use OBD for diagnostics on a daily basis for the same purpose.



A big advantage of the modern OBD is the ability to feed the gathered data in combination with GPS and a cellar network so fleet operators can view diagnostics real-time as it happens. Any problem reported by OBD will alert the owner via the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), commonly known as the "CHECK ENGINE" light on the dashboard. The connector must be located within three feet of the driver and must not require any tools to be installed. revealed. Look under the dash and behind ashtrays. The OBD is easy to insert but if it proves difficult to connect see your dealer or mechanics. If socket is hard to reach, we can supply an OBD extension device.


SilverCloud Sync OBD adds to tracking the added benefits of On-Board Diagnostics to report: odometer readings, excessive speed, idling time, low battery, low fuel, harsh braking, and rapid acceleration warning. SilverCloud Sync is ready to go right out of the box. Simply plug the device into the vehicle's OBD-II Port located under the steering column for continuous and uninterrupted vehicle tracking. You can view data real-time rather than after the facts. See OBD details. (Hot link). As a result Fleet operators can remotely determine operator’s driving safety rather than placing a notice on vehicle “How is our driving/? Call,” reducing operating costs and accident exposure. This alone pays for SilverCloud Sync.


Read the FAQ about OBD as posted by the EPA.

Is OBD Right For Your Fleet?

Using asset management tools with engine diagnostics capable of reading VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), mileage, voltage, oil and active engine faults will enable you to extend the maintenance of your fleet to a cycle of health-based maintenance. By monitoring the vehicle's engine health, you can keep your fleet running at the lowest preventive maintenance costs possible. (Courtesy GeoTab)


If fleet maintenance costs and vehicle engine health is a concern to you...then yes, OBD GPS is right for your fleet!


Our OBD unit is so easy to "install" that we have to put install in quotes!


Find out how GPS is used in Automatic Vehical Location (AVL) systems, like our SilverCloud Sync Real-time OBD version, in our "What Is AVL?" page.


The term "port," as used here, referes to the location where one electronic device plugs into another device. You may have heard of a USB Port on your computer? In our case, we're talking about the OBD port, which is the standard used in the auto industry.