Leading in cutting-edge automotive research

The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) focuses on collaborative research in automotive and transportation systems, by facilitating relations between those within the automotive industry and University of Waterloo faculty researchers. WatCAR also participates in connecting undergraduate students with co-op work placements and graduate students with internships.

Automotive and information technology are converging in today's vehicles at a rapid, disruptive rate.  With the largest engineering faculty in Canada and with a computer science school based in the largest mathematics faculty in the world, Waterloo knows this convergence all too well.

As a leading North American academic enterprise, WatCAR offers over 125 faculty with 40+ research competencies. We are a portal for assemblers, parts manufacturers, materials suppliers and regulators, and software and technology companies. See our detailed list of research expertise.


WatCAR envisions future mobility to be smarter, cleaner and more convenient; available to an increasingly wider segment of society. 

Our researchers work to achieve this vision through their expertise in:

  • connectivity,
  • cybersecurity,
  • advanced powertrains, 
  • artificial intelligence, 
  • autonomous driving,
  • and structural light weighting.

  1. Mar. 8, 2018Women in Engineering: WatCAR’s own GAIA Wonder Woman on panel at International Women’s Day celebration at Princess Twin Stefanie Bruinsma speaking on panel

    By Lauren Ward

    Being a female in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field is one of the most difficult undertakings, with many barriers that women have to overcome to succeed. The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research’s (WatCAR) own Stefanie Bruinsma had an amazing opportunity to share her experiences within the engineering industry on panel at The Everyday Wonder Woman: Panel Discussion and Movie Screening event hosted by University of Waterloo’s Women in Engineering on March 8th, 2018 at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Uptown Waterloo.

  2. Feb. 22, 2018Auto education and careers take centre stage at the 2018 AutoShowPeople browsing at Toronto Auto Show

    The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, presented by the Toronto Star and Wheels.ca., is now open to the public at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

    In recent years, one of the many features of the AutoShow — which runs till Feb. 25 — has been exhibits and displays that focus on automotive education and automotive careers.

    As the retail automobile industry continues to grow and evolve, career opportunities in this sector for men and women of all ages have never been greater.

    At this year’s AutoShow, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association is highlighting many of those careers, along with the educational requirements and guidance for landing a job in this exciting industry.

  3. Feb. 15, 2018Ontario “supercluster” among 5 Canadian tech groups to share $950 million federal fundFederal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains makes a funding announcement in Montreal last fall.

    OTTAWA - Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has named five technology groups that will each get a piece of up to $950 million in what the government calls its "superclusters" initiative, a high-tech collaboration strategy aimed at fostering growth and creating jobs.

    — The Advanced Manufacturing supercluster in the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor will connect technology strengths to manufacturing industry to prepare for the economy of tomorrow. It involves the University of Waterloo, Guelph-based auto parts firm Linamar Corp., MaRS Discovery District and Maple Leaf Foods among other companies and organizations.

    — The Ocean supercluster based in Atlantic Canada will use innovation to improve competitiveness in Canada's ocean-based industries, including fisheries, oil and gas and clean energy;

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  1. Mar. 29, 2018SheCan: Vehicle BasicsSheCan Vehicle Basics logo

    Join us as WatCAR's own Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Powertrain Researcher, Stefanie Bruinsma, shows how a woman can teach you the basics of vehicle maintenance and minor repairs. This is a great workshop for anyone with a vehicle, or plan on purchasing one in the future, to learn what you can do to maintain your transportation. 

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