About Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Laboratory

Current MVS Research Activities

The Mechatronic Vehicle Systems (MVS) Lab—with over 40 graduate students, postdocs, engineers, and technicians—is one of the world’s largest vehicle control laboratories and a pioneer in developing holistic vehicle control systems.

The laboratory has several test vehicles, including two electric SUVs, a Cadillac CTS, and an urban vehicle with MVS corner module technology plus a fleet of five autonomous shuttle buses (WATonoBus), and an autonomous utility truck (WATonoTruck) using MVS corner module technology. The vehicles are fully equipped with wheel sensors, Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/ Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), cameras, lidars, and radars for evaluation of vehicle control, estimation, perception modules, and autonomous driving. The vehicles are controlled in real time using our estimation, control, and automated driving modules. 

The main current MVS research activities are:

  • WATonoBus: All Weather Autonomous Shuttle Bus
  • WATonoTruck: A New Technology in Automated Material Handling and Mining
  • Vehicle Control and Estimation
  • Infrastructure-Based Automated Driving
  • Learning-Based Vehicle Control Systems
  • Agent-based Vehicle Control Systems
  • Holistic Vehicle Health Monitoring Systems
  • Vehicle Electrification and Power Management
  • Adaptive Coordinated Suspension Systems
  • Smart Tires