New automotive facility officially opens for research

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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.

“Not only is AVRIL an achievement for the University and for the Kitchener-Waterloo region, but it’s also a feather in the cap of Canada’s auto industry,” said Navdeep Bains, the federal minister of innovation, science and industry. “This industry is rapidly transforming, focusing more on connected and autonomous vehicles with low-emission solutions.”

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