BackUniversity of Waterloo – Centre for Automotive Research
c/o Ross McKenzie
200 University Ave West
Phone: 519 888 4032
Assets And Services
The University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) conducts advanced research to enhance automotive innovation and competitiveness. Over 125 researchers the largest university-based automotive activity in the country, undertake leading edge studies for industry partners around the world. We enhance existing automotive components and systems as well as pursue new approaches and technologies that hold potential for automotive applications. R&D collaboration.
Advanced Sensing, Internet of Things
Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) is a well established leader in the development of real-time wireless communication solutions for seamless connectivity between vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and personal wireless devices. Our vehicular communication work contributes to a broad range of research in public transit operations and planning, traffic management and simulation modelling, and Green Intelligent Transportation Systems (Green ITS) development.
Working with a variety of light weight metals, including advanced high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium metallic alloys, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) undertakes leading edge forming, joining, crashworthiness, and performance research to ensure next generation vehicles are fuel efficient, safe, and durable. We are also developing and evaluating novel high-performance polymeric composites and biomass-reinforced plastics to replace heavier metal and polypropylene-based plastic vehicle components, thus improving automotive sustainability and performance. Next generation vehicles will also require increasingly complex and feature rich software to reliably support advanced vehicle control, safety, and power management systems. WatCAR researchers are combining leading edge software development methods with advanced software instrumentation, tracing, debugging, and testing techniques to enable fast generation of vehicle software for both embedded and real-time automotive applications.
Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) researchers are developing sophisticated systems modelling, parameter identification, and simulation tools/processes to streamline the production process. Accurate, compact, and efficient models enable fast real-time simulation and reduce the number of prototype iterations required for product adjustment and validation, thus cutting both time and cost of vehicle component and systems development. These efforts are complemented with leading edge design and optimization research to ensure efficiency, safety, and performance are not only maintained but enhanced. R&D into automotive structures.
Other product development, design or innovation support services, assets or capabilities not listed above
Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) is undertaking considerable research to develop advanced combustion diagnostics and emissions reduction devices, as well as inexpensive catalytic materials, evaluation tools, and analytic techniques for the advanced exhaust after-treatment systems of conventional vehicles. We are also undertaking development and evaluation of key enabling technologies for production of highway-capable electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. With a strategic focus on enhancing lithium ion battery and fuel cell performance, as well as drivetrain component and power management systems integration, WatCAR is working to facilitate widespread adoption of highly efficient, low-emission green propulsion technologies.