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About WatCAR

The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) conducts advanced research to further automotive innovation and competitiveness.

From active safety to automated driving, from lightweighting to advanced powertrains, 125 faculty researchers lead the largest university-based automotive activity in the country.

Our leading-edge studies, for industry partners around the world, enhance vehicles, components and their materials with new approaches and integration of innovative technologies.


Every department in the Faculty of Engineering is involved in automotive and transportation systems research:

  • Mechanical and Mechatronics
  • Electrical & Computer
  • Chemical
  • Systems Design
  • Civil & Environmental
  • Management Sciences

WatCAR is engaged in cutting-edge research across Waterloo's faculties:

  • Mathematics (computer software)
  • Science (electrochemistry and nano-materials)
  • Applied Health Sciences (kinesiology)
  • Arts (voice recognition)

Our expertise can assist with your research needs. We welcome you to partner with us and increase your competitive edge.