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. 

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CBC show host Rick Mercer visits Waterloo Engineering researchers and students working on the "Autonomoose" self-driving vehicle.

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Check out our 360 tour of the Autonomous Vehicle Research and Intelligence Lab (AVRIL). Use your mouse to click and drag to get a full 360 degree view of AVRIL.


More than 100 people turned out today for the official opening of a new $4-million automotive research facility at the University of Waterloo.

Dignitaries kickstarted the event at the Autonomous Vehicle Research and Intelligence Laboratory (AVRIL) by arriving in automated electric car that is being developed by student design team WATonomous.

Autonomous vehicle (AV) developers now have a new winter-weather tool at their disposal thanks to engineering researchers.

Teams at Waterloo Engineering and the University of Toronto collaborated on a free, open-source dataset to test and train AV perception algorithms in nasty conditions.

“We want to engage the research community to generate new ideas and enable innovations,” said Krzysztof Czarnecki, the engineering professor who leads the Waterloo team.