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. Nov. 8, 2017Premier Wynne set to announce funding for self-driving car research in StratfordProfessor Czarnecki speaking to Premier Wynne about vehicle

    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to announce a big investment in research for self-driving, or autonomous, cars during a visit to Stratford Wednesday.

    The province is expected to take the wraps off $80 million in funding for research centres and companies throughout southern Ontario.

  2. Oct. 12, 2017Waterloo named Canada’s most innovative university for 26th consecutive yearEngineering 5 from overpass

    The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university, according to a reputational survey from Maclean’s magazine.

    Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

  3. 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.

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  1. Dec. 6, 201710th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) Quarter-Finals

    Please join us for the Quarter-finals of the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) presented by SAE International and the MI Innovation Alliance. GAMIC provides early‐stage start‐ups with an opportunity for competition‐prep coaching

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