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. July 3, 2018Silence is golden inside UW labProfressors in anechoic chamber

    Anechoic chamber is free from noise and electronic interference, leading to new scientific breakthroughs in Waterloo

    WATERLOO — The heavy steel door inside Room 1018 of the Engineering 5 building at the University of Waterloo looks more like a bank vault than the entrance to a laboratory.

  2. May 7, 2018WATonomous wins awards in autonomous car contestWATonomous vehicle coming off loading truck

    University of Waterloo students drove away from the first part of a competition to develop a self-driving car with four awards and a fourth place overall finish.

  3. May 2, 2018New system revs up efficiency of internal combustion enginesAmir Khajepour (right) works with students in his lab at Waterloo Engineering

    A decade of research at Waterloo Engineering has yielded promising new technology to boost the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

    Validated tests in the lab have shown gains of more than 10 per cent for a patented system to open and close engine valves, an innovation that would save money while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Both simple and reliable, the technology could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

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