A Brief Introduction to Tachographs and How They Work


The tachograph is a device that keeps a record of a vehicle’s speed, distance traveled, and driver activity. This device is important for a variety of reasons. It can help drivers identify if a vehicle is speeding, if the driver has been drinking, or if a vehicle is running inefficiently. Here is a brief introduction to tachographs and how they work.


Fleet managers can set up the DTCO tachograph for automatic behavior during breaks. When a driver switches off the engine, the tachograph automatically sets itself to Break, Working Time, or Available. The DTCO tachograph will update when a driver switches back to Working Time. A Fleet Manager can pre-configure rest periods and changeovers, and the device will automatically update when the driver takes a break.

DTCO tachographs can display standard STD indication and accumulated times AKK. There are a number of menu functions in the DTCO tachograph, and you can choose any of them by selecting them from the operating elements. A DTCO tachograph also has a built-in alarm system. The tachograph can also detect whether the data card belongs to a group and automatically change the operating mode to «Control.»

The DTCO tachograph supports two-man crews. It offers faster processing for two-man vehicles. Drivers can record manual entries using mobile devices. This reduces error risks. Drivers can also communicate with their tachograph via a mobile device. Additionally, the DTCO Configuration App lets fleet managers change various parameters of the system. DTCO 3.0 is expected to be available in September 2017, and deliveries are expected in October.

The DTCO tachograph has been proven reliable for millions of miles, and Continental is launching its latest version of the digital tachograph with even more advanced features. Engineers at Continental have optimized the DTCO tachograph by making it easier to operate. DTCO 3.0 has six improvements, including improved display, flexibility, card handling, and power consumption. It is also the only tachograph on the market that integrates global navigation satellite system (GNSS) interface. The GNSS interface will automatically record position data and enable fleet management.

The DTCO tachograph comes with a Bluetooth-enabled display that automatically pairs with sensor 9 during read-out. The display also shows the driver’s complete name during the read-out. The progress bar starts out with two underscores and increases in strength. Once the read-out is complete, the driver will be able to see the time of last removal of the data card. With controls, the driver can add activities to the ad.

The DTCO tachograph has a frontblende with operating elements, display, and data storage. A sensor 9 is connected to the control and measures speed. This device can display the speed, the mileage, and the tachograph data. The frontblende will also display the driver’s full name and six-point Verlaufsbalken. If the DTCO tachograph is able to display this information, then it is a complete tachograph.

The DTCO tachograph is highly secure. A technician must be authorised to work with it, otherwise, it can be stolen. A workshop card will allow you to lock the tachograph head data on the device for safekeeping. You can also lock your company’s workshop card to prevent theft of data. DTCO tachographs are also available to repair and replace faulty ones. The DTCO tachograph also stores data on the driver’s activity.


The analogue tachograph is a type of tachograph that displays information using the mode trace. The mode is indicated by a thin line with four concentric tracks. In the past, manual heads were the only means of displaying driver activity. Manual heads also required manual entries. Automatic heads, on the other hand, store all driver data on a microchip and can be downloaded easily. This feature makes it possible for a driver to view their data without having to physically touch the chart.

Analogue tachographs are more accurate because they recognise vehicle movement. This data is recorded in text and pictogram format. Drivers’ personal ID cards store this information and can print out the data instantly. The cards can only be removed at the end of a shift. In some cases, the driver might forget to record his information when he begins his duty. Some drivers may even change their tachograph discs without the driver’s permission.

The analogue tachograph was most common in vehicles before 1 May 2006. Newer analogue models feature modular heads that fit into a standard DIN slot on the dashboard of a vehicle. This modular design makes it possible to upgrade older vehicles to digital tachographs without any issues. Both types of tachographs have the same physical dimensions and are available in several different models. A driver should choose whichever one best suits his needs.

Analogue tachographs also require driver cards. Without these cards, a driver is breaking the law. The data stored in the analogue tachograph is retrieved from the vehicle unit and driver card. Control officers must download the data at least once every 28 days, or a year if it is required by law. Drivers must also give printouts of the data. The printouts are signed by the driver.

The analogue tachograph requires calibration and inspection every two years. Technicians need to be qualified to do these checks. The calibration process is time-consuming and requires human expert interpretation. The data from analogue discs may be misinterpreted as trace marks if they have imperfections. This is the only way to ensure accurate data. This method is best for small fleets. But, if you need to monitor a large fleet, analogue tachographs are not suitable for you.

While the analogue tachograph has its own benefits, there are also many limitations. The data collected by a tachograph can be correlated with CANbus data. Tachographs allow transport companies to analyse the driving style of their drivers and apply fuel-saving measures. If used improperly, they can be assessed hefty fines, as the use of tachographs is presumed to be a means of profiting from the driver’s actions.


A digital tachograph is a device installed on a vehicle that records speed and distance traveled. It also records driver activity. It is required for certain types of vehicles. Drivers must comply with a number of government regulations. The device also serves as an evidence against alleged drivers who speed excessively. Here’s how it works. Let’s examine what it does. We can learn a lot from it. Let’s learn how to use it to our benefit.

To operate a digital tachograph, you will need to be a licensed commercial driver. If you’re operating a vehicle that is exempt from this requirement, you can apply for a replacement card after seven days. The DVLA will notify you of the problem, and you must apply for a new card within seven days. The digital tachograph has an internal clock that is set to Universal Time Co-ordinated (UTC). You can either set the clock face to local time, or to UTC, or vice-versa. The integral clock time is the same as Greenwich Mean Time.

The digital tachograph is a crucial vehicle safety device. It records drivers’ driving and rest times to two locations. The tachograph records these activities and also gives you valuable information about your drivers. The data collected by the digital tachograph can help you ensure compliance and improve your operational activity. In fact, a digital tachograph system is comprised of three parts: a motion sensor, a vehicle unit, and the tachograph card.

A digital tachograph records the speed and distance traveled by your vehicle. It also records activities such as driving, braking, and accelerating. This information is stored on the internal memory of the tachograph head and on a digital driver card with a flash memory chip. It is important to know that your digital driver card is an official document issued by your driving authority in your country. You should never alter the information on a digital driver card as this may be a potential security breach.

The digital tachograph has many benefits, including full interoperability between EU, EEA, and AETR countries. In addition to its ability to ensure driver safety, it also increases road safety and guarantees fair competition in the transport sector. Currently, 53 countries have implemented the digital tachograph. Though, the future of the tachograph is still unknown, many stakeholders are looking forward to its evolution.

The digital tachograph was first introduced in 2006 and gained widespread acceptance. It marked a new era in the road transportation sector. The fact that fleet managers can easily access and use the data it provides helps them make smarter decisions. It is a vital tool for both passenger and freight transport fleet operators. So, if you’re a fleet owner, don’t be afraid to upgrade your fleet to digital tachograph.