UWaterloo officially opens $10M research facility for green, smart vehicle research

September 9, 2016

The University of Waterloo has officially opened its new $10M Green and Intelligent Automotive Research Facility, nicknamed GAIA, which will be used to develop the cars of tomorrow. The new facility has three integrated test labs—a battery test lab, a powertrain test lab, and a rolling dynamometer that simulates real-world driving—that will reportedly allow individual components and entire vehicles to be tested in the facility. “In GAIA, we will develop the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles, powered by new batteries and fuel-efficient engines, connected to the Internet and to each other to create a smarter and safer ride with little or no emissions," said John McPhee, head of the GAIA facility. The Spec | UWaterloo