The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) focuses on collaborative research in automotive and transportation systems, by facilitating relations between those within the automotive industry and University of Waterloo faculty researchers. WatCAR also participates in connecting undergraduate students with co-op work placements and graduate students with internships.
Automotive and information technology are converging in today’s vehicles at a rapid, disruptive rate. With the largest engineering faculty in Canada and with a computer science school based in the largest mathematics faculty in the world, Waterloo knows this convergence all too well.
As a leading North American academic enterprise, WatCAR offers over 125 faculty with 40+ research competencies. We are a portal for assemblers, parts manufacturers, materials suppliers and regulators, and software and technology companies. See our detailed list of research expertise.
WatCAR envisions future mobility to be smarter, cleaner and more convenient; available to an increasingly wider segment of society.
Our researchers work to achieve this vision through their expertise in:
- advanced powertrains,
- artificial intelligence,
- autonomous driving,
- and structural light weighting.