Who We Are
In 2004, Hari Balakrishnan and Sam Madden started the CarTel project at MIT, developing a mobile sensing system to collect and draw inferences from sensor data on mobile devices. The following years, they partnered with Boston taxi companies to accurately measure traffic surface conditions and traffic using award-winning new methods for mobile telematics. This research won multiple “best paper” and “test of time” awards from the top research conferences in Computer Science. In 2010, building on their academic success, they started Cambridge Mobile Telematics with Bill Powers.
CMT has pioneered many solutions. It deployed the first mobile usage-based insurance (UBI) with smartphones in 2012, the first measurement of phone distraction using smartphone sensors in 2013, the first behavior-based insurance offering to augment traditional vehicle-centric UBI in 2014, a novel windshield-mounted hardware Tag to augment smartphone sensors in 2014, and real-time crash alerts with roadside assistance in 2015. A profitable and rapidly growing company, CMT is the world’s leading and largest mobile telematics provider supporting 50 enterprise programs in 25 countries, with over 6.5 million users of its services. CMT’s products include DriveWell, a telematics and analytics platform for measuring driving quality and incentivizing safe driving, and Claims Studio for real-time crash detection to help drivers in a crash and accurate crash reconstruction to the insurance claims process more efficient. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA near the MIT campus, CMT also has offices in Seattle, LA, Dallas, London, and Chennai.
We're always looking for talented people to join our team.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & Chief Scientist
Spun off from MIT CarTel project
MIT professors Hari Balakrishnan and Sam Madden paired their research with business and partnered with Bill Powers to start Cambridge Mobile Telematics.
Launched first mobile, usage-based insurance product
CMT deployed the first service to efficiently gather and process sensory data from phones for auto insurance.
Started tracking phone distraction
Began using phone sensors to measure phone distraction.
Added gamification features to the DriveWell platform to induce better driving.
Invented the DriveWell Tag
Launched the first fully wireless “Internet of Things” (IoT) device to measure driving behavior.
Live impact alerts
Deployed the first and only mobile-centric impact detection and alerting system.
The DriveWell fleet program provides critical insights on driver behavior and vehicle location to commercial insurers and fleet managers.
Important crash information visualized for the insurer’s review, simplifying the claims process for all.
The DriveWell Premium Score gets regulatory approval in 29 states and counting.
Through the eyes of our employees
This has been one of the greatest and most stimulating challenges of my career. With a background in insurance, software engineering, and being an experienced Toastmaster, this job has blended my hard and soft skills to provide an amazing opportunity. In addition, working with CMT employees who are top scientists and engineers in their respective fields has been a humbling and rewarding experience for me.
– Larry Johnson, Sales Engineer
I started at CMT as an intern, and working here has been nothing if not incredible. I love the people and the culture. Being able to experience the direct impact of my solution on the business has given me a great sense of satisfaction and this is exactly why I chose to come back to CMT as a full time Program Manager!
– Sana Irfan, Program Manager
From two small rooms in CIC to three floors, I feel lucky to be a part of CMT's growth. It is a very unique company as all full-time employees and interns have the ability to affect the driving behavior of users around the world.
– Paresh Malalur, Head of AI and Vision
I have worked at companies with great people before, and have worked in fast-paced, dynamic, fun environments before as well. CMT has those things, plus great products with a social mission, visionary and supportive leadership, and the most collaborative environment I have ever worked in. Truly a special place to work.
– Fran Coughlin, Senior Technical Writer