Dr. Todd Shurn of Howard University to Join the Cambridge Mobile Telematics Road Safety Board

Dr. Shurn brings a wealth of technology and community-building experience to CMT and the Road Safety Board
August 17, 2023

Cambridge, MA, August 17, 2023 – Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest telematics service provider, today announced that Dr. Todd Shurn, Howard University Computer Science faculty, and researcher, will join its Road Safety Advisory Board. 

With over 30 years of experience as a computer science faculty researcher, Dr. Shurn has made significant contributions to academia and industry. He has collaborated on many projects with world-class institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, Morehouse College, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Shurn has also served as a consultant to Microsoft, the Washington Post, and the U.S. Army. He is currently researching smart mobility, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Shurn recently produced the Howard University Computer Science Faculty – Howard University Transportation Research Center AI forum “Detecting Distracted Driving.”

“Dr. Shurn brings expertise across fields like smart technology, communications, and diverse community building, which are critical to making roads safer,” said Steve Kiefer, chairperson of the CMT Road Safety Board. “We are incredibly excited to have him join CMT’s mission to make the world’s roads and drivers safer, and we can’t wait to see the impact he’ll have.”

“Distracted driving is out of control. In Washington DC alone, distracted driving has increased by 30% in the past two years. I’m joining the CMT Road Safety Board because it’s time to engage DC youth with cutting-edge technology that’s proven to make a difference and reduce driving risk,” said Dr. Todd Shurn, “College students are aware of distracted driving danger, and are eager to participate in developing technology and social media message solutions.” 

CMT established the Road Safety Board to reduce road risk with research and technology while raising public awareness. Dr. Shurn’s appointment to the board impacts each of these areas and will help promote policies and initiatives to create safer roads and drivers worldwide.

Over 1.35 million people are killed on the road every year. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal record-setting trends over the past three years, with 42,915 fatalities on American roads in 2021 alone. Pedestrian fatalities reached a 40-year high that same year, with 7,485 auto-related deaths. CMT’s data shows that 34% of crashes happen within 1 minute of distracted driving.

About Cambridge Mobile Telematics

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) is the world’s largest telematics service provider. Its mission is to make the world’s roads and drivers safer. The company’s AI-driven platform, DriveWell®, gathers sensor data from millions of IoT devices — including smartphones, proprietary Tags, connected vehicles, dashcams, and third-party devices — and fuses them with contextual data to create a unified view of vehicle and driver behavior. Companies from personal and commercial auto insurance, automotive, rideshare, smart cities, wireless, financial services, and family safety industries use insights from CMT’s platform to power their risk assessment, safety, claims, and driver improvement programs. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in Budapest, Chennai, Seattle, Tokyo, and Zagreb, CMT serves millions of people through over 95 programs in 25 countries, including 21 of the top 25 US auto insurers.

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