Ryan, Obaid and I quit our jobs and started Motive two years ago because we wanted to build great technology products to help the 4.5 million men and women who keep America moving. In 2013, we put a beta of the Motive Electronic Logbook App into the hands of a few hundred drivers who had until then used paper logbooks to record their hours of service — the response was tremendous. Today over 150,000 drivers and 5,000 fleets trust us with their logs.

But our work is just getting started. On October 30th, 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to publish the final rule that will require all interstate truck and bus drivers to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record their hours of service with the goal of improving road safety and reducing the paperwork burden on the industry. The implications are massive.

In line with our mission to build modern technology products for the trucking industry, we are excited to announce the launch of the Motive Electronic Logging Device — a powerful hardware device that plugs into a vehicle’s diagnostic port and connects wirelessly to the Motive Electronic Logbook App to deliver the easiest to use and most cost effective electronic logs and fleet management system in the world. Compliance with the upcoming ELD mandate will be a breeze with Motive.

Building great technology products requires great people and forward investment. We are excited to announce that we have raised $8 million from Index Ventures and Google Ventures so that we can continue to invest in our product and deliver exceptional customer service to our users. In addition, our new board member Ilya Fushman’s experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow.

To all of our users who have told others about Motive — we are grateful. We would not be here without you.

We care deeply about the men and women who spend their lives on the road to keep our country moving. It is a privilege to build tools that make your lives easier and more productive.

Shoaib Makani