Partnering automotive industry & cutting-edge 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. Dec. 24, 20182018 All Star The University of WaterlooAutonomoose from the back

    The University of Waterloo is a team of all stars, working on all things automotive.

    Two of the biggest breakthroughs at the school include three-dimensional, high-definition mapping and a battery that could triple the range of electric vehicles. 

  2. Dec. 17, 2018A long-awaited battery that would cut electric-vehicle costs may finally be close24M batteries

    24M is reducing manufacturing costs by stripping out extraneous materials—and just got $22 million to begin building its first commercial factory

    In 2010, a pair of MIT materials scientists helped launch 24M, promising to deliver cheaper, better batteries by stripping out inactive materials in the electrodes.

  3. Dec. 10, 2018Need R&D help? Take your auto project to WatCarAutonomoose with autonomoose dot net logo

    University of Waterloo is working on the auto industry’s innovation challenges

    Auto manufacturers are continuously looking to improve their products, systems and processes. Vehicles and parts need to be lighter, stronger, easier and cheaper to make. They must also be more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and increasingly – as autonomous technology takes over – more intelligent. But innovation is expensive and labour-intensive, so where do companies turn when they need to enhance a product or solve a pressing problem when they don’t have the resources in-house?

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