About François-Xavier Fornari

François-Xavier Fornari is the SCADE Suite Product Marketing Manager. His interests include safety-critical application development and applying formal approaches to practical problems, including languages definition as well as methodological aspects. Xavier hold a Ph.D. in computer sciences from Ecole des Mines, Paris.

Driving Toward the Future with AUTOSAR Compliant Software

autosar complianceToday’s automotive systems are more complex, smarter and more autonomous than ever before, featuring functionality that no one could have imagined 10 years ago. Advanced sensors and electronics control everything from a vehicle’s speed and position to its entertainment and communications technologies. Radar, cameras and other sophisticated electronics are increasingly being incorporated into consumer vehicles.

In fact, today, more than 60 percent of a car’s cost comes from its advanced electronics and software systems. Since many of the functions guided by electronic systems are mission-critical, it’s essential that all automotive systems work together with complete reliability. The tens of millions of lines of software code that control these systems must be flawless. Continue reading

Capturing Wind Energy Safely

Capturing wind energy is full of technical challenges but it also requires a high level of safety. The turbines must operate under harsh conditions, they must be highly reliable, and they must be safe.

Vestas develops wind turbines and is the leader in its domain. It has installed 56 GW of wind energy, which amounts to 40,000 turbines. They generate enough clean energy to power 19 million European households. Continue reading

Developing Drone Brain

You’ve probably heard about drones. And this blog will give you a deeper insight of what it takes to develop the brain that controls the drone!

First, some background. Piaggio Aero develops aircraft (first one in 1922) and engines. One of their successful project is the P180 Avanti II aircraft, which is a small Italian design. The P180 can fly at 745 km/h and has a range of operation of about 2,795 km. It is known as the fastest twin turboprop aircraft in the world with a proven uneventful service record of more than 20 years and 800,000 flight hours. Continue reading