MAENAD FP7 Project

Model-based Analysis & Engineering of Novel Architectures for Dependable Electric Vehicles



MAENAD is an FP7 project funded by the European Commission. Below is a press release informing about the start of the project:


The engineering of Fully Electric Vehicles (FEV) introduces new challenges to the automotive industry. Chassis and powertrain systems of FEV will have more authority, be more integrated and rely less on mechanical backup. The complexity and criticality are thus high and rigorous support for complexity management and safety engineering is required.


The success of the innovative solutions required to realise FEVs will be largely based on decisions made in the architecture design phase. Such decisions have a large impact on the cost and quality of systems and they are not easily reversible without incurring large redevelopment costs and time delays. Support for design space exploration through analysis and optimization is essential.


The MAENAD project has started and will continue the refinement of EAST-ADL for meeting these challenges.


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.


The title, Model-based Analysis & Engineering of Novel Architectures for Dependable Electric Vehicles gives a hint of the main objectives of the MAENAD project:


  • 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    


…in the context of EAST-ADL and Fully Electrical Vehicles


EAST-ADL has been refined in the FP7 project ATESST2, and is used in parallel projects that provide language feedback and refinement suggestions. The MAENAD project will define language constructs, development methodology and prototype tools that meet the needs of FEV development. The basis is the current version of EAST-ADL, version 2.1.


The MAENAD partners represent automotive OEMs (Volvo Technology Corporation, Sweden (Coordinator) and Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A., Italy), automotive suppliers (Continental Automotive, Germany, Delphi/Mecel AB, Sweden and 4S S.r.l., Italy), tool vendors (MetaCase, Finland, Pulse-AR, France and Systemite, Sweden) and research (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and University of Hull, UK)


The project budget is around 4 mio EUR and the duration is three years.







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