Monday, May 7, 2018

WATonomous wins awards in autonomous car contest

WATonomous vehicle coming off loading truck

University of Waterloo students drove away from the first part of a competition to develop a self-driving car with four awards and a fourth place overall finish.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New system revs up efficiency of internal combustion engines

Amir Khajepour (right) works with students in his lab at Waterloo Engineering

A decade of research at Waterloo Engineering has yielded promising new technology to boost the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

Validated tests in the lab have shown gains of more than 10 per cent for a patented system to open and close engine valves, an innovation that would save money while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Both simple and reliable, the technology could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toronto van attack: Could automatic brakes have helped prevent the tragedy?

Truck car brake simulation

In the wake of the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 14 others on Monday, many are left wondering how a tragedy like this can be prevented from happening again.

Some experts are turning their attention to enhanced vehicle technology, such as automatic braking systems. This involves sensors on a vehicle that can detect a crash, warn the driver and apply brakes if the person behind the wheel does not take action quickly enough.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Can new vehicle technology prevent attacks like the one in Toronto? The experts aren't so sure

White van in Toronto attack

Autonomous tech can slow down vehicle attacks, but won't stop them completely, professor says

Thursday, March 15, 2018

University of Waterloo partners with Chinese institutions on connected autonomous driving

Steering wheel of self driving car

The University of Waterloo will partner with leading institutes in China to advance research in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The partnership between Waterloo and the Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS) was solidified in an agreement recently signed by all parties.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Women in Engineering: WatCAR’s own GAIA Wonder Woman on panel at International Women’s Day celebration at Princess Twin

Stefanie Bruinsma speaking on panel

By Lauren Ward

Being a female in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field is one of the most difficult undertakings, with many barriers that women have to overcome to succeed. The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research’s (WatCAR) own Stefanie Bruinsma had an amazing opportunity to share her experiences within the engineering industry on panel at The Everyday Wonder Woman: Panel Discussion and Movie Screening event hosted by University of Waterloo’s Women in Engineering on March 8th, 2018 at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Uptown Waterloo.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Auto education and careers take centre stage at the 2018 AutoShow

People browsing at Toronto Auto Show

The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, presented by the Toronto Star and, is now open to the public at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

In recent years, one of the many features of the AutoShow — which runs till Feb. 25 — has been exhibits and displays that focus on automotive education and automotive careers.

As the retail automobile industry continues to grow and evolve, career opportunities in this sector for men and women of all ages have never been greater.

At this year’s AutoShow, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association is highlighting many of those careers, along with the educational requirements and guidance for landing a job in this exciting industry.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ontario “supercluster” among 5 Canadian tech groups to share $950 million federal fund

Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains makes a funding announcement in Montreal last fall.

OTTAWA - Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has named five technology groups that will each get a piece of up to $950 million in what the government calls its "superclusters" initiative, a high-tech collaboration strategy aimed at fostering growth and creating jobs.

— The Advanced Manufacturing supercluster in the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor will connect technology strengths to manufacturing industry to prepare for the economy of tomorrow. It involves the University of Waterloo, Guelph-based auto parts firm Linamar Corp., MaRS Discovery District and Maple Leaf Foods among other companies and organizations.

— The Ocean supercluster based in Atlantic Canada will use innovation to improve competitiveness in Canada's ocean-based industries, including fisheries, oil and gas and clean energy;

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Central Stores unveils hybrid service vehicle

President Feridun Hamdullahpur stands next to the Central Stores hybrid service vehicle.

When the University’s senior leaders were looking for a service-related department to consider alternative energy vehicles, Central Stores answered the call and has added a hybrid service vehicle to its fleet.

This hybrid van will be used to transport Central Stores staff around both on and off campus, primarily using electric power. The van will support Central Stores’ services, including freight and mail pickup and delivery, bulk mailing, shipping, receiving, office/departmental moves, event setup, and other initiatives.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Electric Vehicles, Ontario researchers claim

Painting of electric car

Batteries with triple the range of those that currently power electric vehicles could be on the horizon after researchers at the University of Waterloo in central Ontario made a significant breakthrough in the technology.

A new process discovered there uses negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.