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

With five major areas of expertise, there are 125 faculty researchers leading the largest university-based automotive activity in the country.

Using cutting-edge studies, we work with industry partners around the world. Our work is to enhance vehicles, components and materials with new approaches and integration of innovative technologies.

Automotive research


Paving the way in connected and autonomous vehicles

Drivers rely on tether-less, powerful, on-board systems and controls every day. The demand for connected and autonomous solutions continues to fuel the competition inside today's automotive industry.

Waterloo Engineering offers a broad range of diverse expertise in connected and autonomous vehicle research, with more than 60 dedicated faculty and researchers. 

As the leading Canadian university in automotive research, we are home to the country's largest academic-industry enterprise, the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Long-standing industry partnerships, combined with some of the world's top academics in this field of research, have enabled our continued growth and excellence.

Our labs, facilities and research groups in connected and autonomous driving research are extensive, offering the latest technologies and equipment to produce solutions that advance industry standards.

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

All Waterloo faculties across campus are engaged in automotive and transportation systems research:

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