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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles.

The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.

“This will mean cheap, safe, long-lasting batteries that give people much more range in their electric vehicles,” said Quanquan Pang, who led the research while he was a PhD candidate in chemistry at Waterloo.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Waterloo researchers join Premier at AV testing event

UW highly automated vehicles on display in Stratford.

Researchers from Waterloo Engineering shared the spotlight yesterday as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne officially announced Stratford as the home of a testing zone for the development of self-driving vehicles.

Wynne spoke with Professor Krzysztof Czarnecki and eight student researchers who were on hand with two highly automated cars – the Autonomoose and a similar Lincoln MKZ sedan that is being developed with Renasas Electronics – to show off the technology.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Waterloo named Canada’s most innovative university for 26th consecutive year

Engineering 5 from overpass

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university, according to a reputational survey from Maclean’s magazine.

Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall kickoff to the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge

Electric vehicle challenger ready to race

Each Spring Waterloo Engineering hosts the Waterloo High School Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge. The EV Challenge encourages students to design and test their own electric car in the annual endurance competition.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Take a look under the hood of an autonomous car

Student research team working on the Autonomoose

Building an artificial brain that will one day replace human drivers is an incredibly complex technical challenge, say the researchers leading Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle project  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pursue Problems That Matter: Tesla's JB Straubel on innovation and success

JB Straubel of Telsa addresses audience at Waterloo Summit

JB Straubel got a big laugh, then delivered a heartfelt message, as he closed the Waterloo Innovation Summit with a keynote address Friday afternoon.

Friday, September 8, 2017

New software can detect when people text and drive

Driver texting while behind the wheel

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.

The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades or classifies them in terms of possible safety threats.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Telsa Co-founder to Keynote at Waterloo Innovation Summit

JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer of Tesla

The University of Waterloo will host innovators from around the world who have revolutionized business through disruptive technology for its fifth annual Waterloo Innovation Summit on September 14 and 15. With this year's conference theme 'Hacking the Future', influential speakers from a wide range of sectors will focus on discussions in foward-thinking and interactive conversations.