From building a better electric car to intelligent automobiles that can make the daily commute safer and less stressful, the vehicles of the future will be built with technology developed at the University of Waterloo. At the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), more than 125 researchers from all six faculties investigate emerging technologies, new fuels, safer materials and better vehicle design. Partnerships with software companies and Ontario’s automakers help bring these innovations to market. 

students working on autonomoose car

Take a look under the hood of an autonomous car


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  

Computer circuit board in the form of a human brain

Reading the minds of deep learning AI systems


Waterloo researchers are analyzing how the complex computer programs that will drive our cars and help doctors diagnose illness — actually learn

Waterloop team at work on pod

Waterloop looks forward to next round of competition


Student Hyperloop team returns from competition with fresh ideas for their high-speed pod

cityscape connected by technology

Artificial intelligence and the Waterloo-Toronto tech supercluster


University of Waterloo will play important role with applied AI solutions for everything from healthcare to finance and transportation

Waterloop prototype pod

Waterloop: Canada’s only Hyperloop team heads to SpaceX competition


University of Waterloo’s student design team takes their high-speed pod to the SpaceX test track in Hawthorne, California  

E7 building

$32.6M in federal funding for new Engineering 7 building


New building will house research on machine intelligence, mobile robotics, autonomous vehicles and wearable biomedical devices

Waterloo Architecture student

Celebrating 60 years of innovation


From 74 engineering students in 1957 to 198,000 alumni six decades later

Cheriton School of Computer Science

Waterloo ranked #1 school in Canada for computer science, engineering


U.S. News ranking recognizes Waterloo as a national leader in core disciplines

Waterloop prototype pod

Hyperloop Challenge: Waterloop to unveil levitation video on campus


The Waterloo student team building the world’s first functional pneumatic hyperloop levitation system will share major milestone

Electric vehicles racing at University of Waterloo

Electric car challenge helped pave the way for incoming student


Matt Rose learned how to bounce back from failure while building a prize-winning electric car in high school