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.

Vision

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. 19, 2018Hands off the wheel: A primer on autonomous vehiclesAutomated drive vehicle

    The common misconception when it comes to automation is that it just happens. Like the Terminator stepping from a crackling energy bubble transported from the future, it just arrives fully intact, ready to go.

    Roboticists are quick to point out that reality occurs much more slowly. Automation, instead, happens one small step at a time over the course of many years.

    Such is the case with cars, which are on their way to becoming self-driving. But, as per the truism of robotic reality, it’s happening more gradually than some proponents may suggest. Also, the process has been under way for decades.

  2. Nov. 11, 2018Four-seasons road mapping touted as WatCAR breakthrough for AVsAutonomoose

    ‘To our knowledge, nobody in the world is doing this,’ says researcher

    WATERLOO, ONT. — A research project aimed at developing three-dimensional, high-definition mapping (3D HD) could give Ontario an edge in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

    The new technology would give self-driving cars functional capabilities to handle any type of weather, and would be marketed commercially without any proprietary rights.

  3. Nov. 9, 2018Celebrating milestone in the self-driving Autonomooseself driving Autonomoose group

    Researchers at the University of Waterloo reached an important milestone this summer by logging their 100th kilometre on public roads in a self-driving car.

    Recorded in an industrial area of Waterloo, it was the culmination of almost two years of work since the research team won approval from the Ontario government to do on-road testing in an autonomous vehicle pilot program.

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