Patents by Inventor Sebastian Ernst

Sebastian Ernst has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220022032
    Abstract: In order to provide sensitive vehicle data of a first vehicle as anonymously as possible, the present disclosure relates to a method for the anonymized provision of the data of the first vehicle for a vehicle-external server device. According to a defined or definable condition, a decision is made between transmitting the data directly to the vehicle-external server device or transmitting the data to the vehicle-external server device via a second vehicle, which has a communication connection to the first vehicle. The data are then transmitted according to the decision. In n-hop anonymization, the data can be forwarded via an arbitrary number of vehicles as intermediaries or intermediate stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian ERNST, Andreas BUCK
  • Publication number: 20210005030
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method for determining a component behavior of at least one vehicle component of a motor vehicle. A start-up of the at least one vehicle component of the motor vehicle for the first time is registered. Thereafter, a component identifier is created, which is assigned to the registered vehicle component. The component identifier includes a sequence of a predetermined number of characters, each character being generated by a random generator. Furthermore, operating data of the vehicle component in question are collected, which are assigned to the component identifier assigned to the vehicle component in question. The component behavior of the vehicle component in question is determined on the basis of the operating data assigned to the component identifier in question. This disclosure further relates to the vehicle component and to a motor vehicle having one or more vehicle components of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian ERNST, Steffen BAUM, Daniel WESEMEYER
  • Patent number: 10865720
    Abstract: A method for operating a drive device of a motor vehicle, having an internal combustion engine and at least one switchable mechanism. The mechanism can be switched to change an operating state influencing a fuel consumption and switching causes an increased fuel consumption. It is proposed that a torque and a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine are predicted depending on a current operating situation, that a dwell time of the mechanism in a switching state is predicted depending on the torque and the rotational speed, and that the mechanism for changing the operating state is actuated depending on the dwell time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Ernst, Michael Kiszkiel, Yinyue Feng
  • Publication number: 20190003409
    Abstract: A method for operating a drive device of a motor vehicle, having an internal combustion engine and at least one switchable mechanism. The mechanism can be switched to change an operating state influencing a fuel consumption and switching causes an increased fuel consumption. It is proposed that a torque and a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine are predicted depending on a current operating situation, that a dwell time of the mechanism in a switching state is predicted depending on the torque and the rotational speed, and that the mechanism for changing the operating state is actuated depending on the dwell time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian ERNST, Michael KISZKIEL, Yinyue FENG
  • Patent number: 9523314
    Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle having a plurality of cylinders all of which are operated in a full load engine mode and some of which are shut down in a partial load engine mode is disclosed, wherein the full load engine mode is switched to the partial load engine mode only if a partial engine operating torque which can be provided by the internal combustion engine in the partial load engine mode is greater than or equal to a target torque set on the internal combustion engine. In order to switch from the full load engine mode to the partial load engine mode, a switch variable determined on the basis of at least one specific parameter of the internal combustion engine and/or of the motor vehicle must additionally be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andre Grob, Sebastian Ernst
  • Publication number: 20140373810
    Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle having a plurality of cylinders all of which are operated in a full load engine mode and some of which are shut down in a partial load engine mode is disclosed, wherein the full load engine mode is switched to the partial load engine mode only if a partial engine operating torque which can be provided by the internal combustion engine in the partial load engine mode is greater than or equal to a target torque set on the internal combustion engine. In order to switch from the full load engine mode to the partial load engine mode, a switch variable determined on the basis of at least one specific parameter of the internal combustion engine and/or of the motor vehicle must additionally be set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Andre Grob, Sebastian Ernst