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. Sep. 21, 2017Fall kickoff to the Waterloo Electric Vehicle ChallengeElectric vehicle challenger ready to race

    Each Spring Waterloo Engineering hosts the Waterloo High School Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge. The EV Challenge encourages students to design and test their own electric car in the annual endurance competition.

  2. Sep. 18, 2017Take a look under the hood of an autonomous carStudent research team working on the Autonomoose

    Building an artificial brain that will one day replace human drivers is an incredibly complex technical challenge, say the researchers leading Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle project  

  3. Sep. 15, 2017Pursue Problems That Matter: Tesla's JB Straubel on innovation and successJB Straubel of Telsa addresses audience at Waterloo Summit

    JB Straubel got a big laugh, then delivered a heartfelt message, as he closed the Waterloo Innovation Summit with a keynote address Friday afternoon.

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  1. Sep. 27, 2017General Motors Recruitment Event

    General Motors (GM) is holding a recruitment event for students to attend. Drop by to learn about autonomous cars, infotainment, co-ops, new grad opportunities & more!

  2. Oct. 1, 2017Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge Fall Kickoff Race

    The Fall Kickoff takes place every autumn. This race provides teams an opportunity to inspire new students and jump-start their build season.

    Hosted by Waterloo Engineering, the Waterloo High School Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge encourages students to design and test their own electric car in an annual endurance competition.

  3. Oct. 4, 20172017 AutoTech Symposium

    The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) are proud to once again host the AutoTech Symposium on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 on campus.

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