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4S is deeply involved in research activities in the framework of national and European projects, with the role of expert in the field of Functional Safety, automotive electronic architectures, system testing, E/E development methodologies, and electric vehicles.

4S Group has contributed in the following national and European research projects:


logo sismaFunctional Safety of Automotive Electronic Systems

SiSMA is a collaborative project funded by Piedmont Region with the management support of MESAP (MESAP - Mechatronics and Systems for Advanced Production Innovation Cluster), is leaded by 4S and involves many Italian companies and also international organizations.

Started in April 2010, SiSMA aims to offer designers of automotive electronic systems a support to meet the requirements of the norm ISO 26262, which concerns the functional safety of road vehicles. A software environment, together with an innovative test equipment, will be realized in order to rapidly and exhaustively perform the numerous safety analyses required to design a safe system, and to automatically execute the tests as to validate the system in nominal and faulty conditions, applying the fault injection technique.

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Model-based Analysis & Engineering of Novel Architectures for Dependable electric vehicles

MAENAD is an FP7 project funded by the European Commission. The project is centred on the refinement of EAST-ADL, to give:

  • Provision of support for the automotive safety standard ISO 26262
  • Provision of capabilities for prediction of dependability & performance
  • Provision of capabilities for design optimization
  • Demonstration of project results in a practical electrical vehicle design with a particular focus on the development of Fully Electrical Vehicles.

EAST-ADL is an architecture description language tailored for the automotive industry. The EAST-ADL approach relies on AUTOSAR for representing software architecture but extends to more abstract representations. It includes support for requirements engineering, safety engineering, variability management, and product line architectures. However, it is lacking support for some of the engineering steps involved in FEV development.


Kernel-based ARchitecture for safetY-critical cONtrol

KARYON proposes a new perspective to improve performance of smart vehicle coordination focusing on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADASs). The key objective is to provide system solutions for predictable and safe coordination of smart vehicles that autonomously cooperate and interact in an open and inherently uncertain environment. Currently, these systems are not allowed to operate in the public air space or on public roads, as the risk of causing severe damage cannot be excluded with sufficient certainty. The impact of the project is two-fold; it will provide improved vehicle density without driver involvement and increased traffic throughput to maintain mobility without a need to build new traffic infrastructures. The result improves interaction in cooperation scenarios while preserving safety and assessing it according to standards.

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PIE Verde

pie verdeHybrid Electric Vehicles Platform And Ecosustainable  Distribution Networks

The project aims to study, design and develop components and architectures for light commercial vehicles with reduced environmental impact, highly innovative compared to state of the art of technology and product, together with the development of appropriate usage patterns and related services support, which will facilitate the work of logistics operators making travel more comfortable, environmentally friendly and safe, with a view "smart-logistics in the smart-city".
The purpose is to provide highly profitable vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and costs management  in a perspective of development, of respect for the environment and attention for users.
The project focuses on issues related to the evolutionary development of IVECO electric vehicle (IVECO Daily Electric) and those for the development of the vehicle "Plug-in Hybrid" always on Daily platform, as well as on simulation tools for the evaluation of the impact of use of electric/hybrid vehicles for urban logistics and support services that will enable a real optimization of emissions, with a multiplicative effect of the benefits obtainable in vehicle performances.
In the PIE VERDE project are involved 31 partners between enterprises and Universities (6 large enterprises, 5 micro enterprises, 14 small enterprises, 3 medium enterprises, 2 Universities and 1 private Research center).