Running Board Patents (Class 362/495)
  • Patent number: 10220804
    Abstract: A bumper assembly for a vehicle includes a bumper fascia having inner and outer surfaces. A support member is welded to the inner surface and at least partially surrounding a fog-lamp aperture. The support member reinforces the bumper fascia proximate the fog-lamp aperture. An air curtain duct integrally formed within the support member, the air curtain duct placing the outer surface in communication with a vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wahid Sedique, Ira Jason Goldberg, Jorge Alberto Alarcon Chagoya, Gerardo Velazquez Monroy
  • Patent number: 10155474
    Abstract: A running board illumination system is provided for a motor vehicle. That running board illumination system includes a first illumination element and an optical lens for directing light emitted by the first illumination element onto a running board of the motor vehicle. That optical lens may further include a fluorescent coating to provide a passive marker light glow when the first illumination element is extinguished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Terrence Joseph Wilson
  • Patent number: 9963066
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. The lighting system includes a photoluminescent structure coupled to an exterior of the vehicle. A running board is coupled to the vehicle and includes a housing having opposing first and second edges. A light source is located inside the housing and is disposed in greater proximity to the second edge than the first edge. A light guide is configured to direct light from the light source toward the first edge. A first optic is adjacent the first edge and is configured to direct light toward the photoluminescent structure. A second optic is adjacent the first edge and is configured to direct light toward a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 9796336
    Abstract: Support devices and their components are disclosed, including an optional lighting element mountable on the support device for emitting light. The support device facilitates access to a vehicle and includes an elongate extruded support member, brackets for mounting the elongate extruded support member to a vehicle, and a step affixed to the elongate extruded support member. A mount can be provided and coupled to the lighting element and to the step to secure the lighting element to the step when the lighting element is incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Crandall, William H. Cord
  • Patent number: 9718396
    Abstract: An illuminated running board for a vehicle includes a light guide plate, a panel, and a luminous module. A plurality of convex portions is formed on a top surface of the light guide plate, and a plurality of optic pattern portions is formed on a bottom surface of the light guide plate. A groove is formed in the bottom surface of the light guide plate and spaced from the optic pattern portions. The panel mounted on the top surface of the light guide plate has a plurality of through-holes, each of which is penetrated by one of the convex portions. The luminous module installed in the groove includes a plurality of luminous elements which are not opposite to the convex portions. Light rays from the luminous elements are conducted into the light guide plate, reflected to the optic pattern portions, and projected upward from the convex portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Desity Traffic Ind Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 9664847
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting device (100) for a motor vehicle headlight, comprising a number of light sources (1), at least one attachment optical unit (2), having a light entrance surface (2a) and a light exit surface (2b), wherein the at least one attachment optical unit (2) comprises a plurality of light-guiding bodies (3), and wherein each light-guiding body (3) has a light entrance surface (3a), into which in each case at least one light source (1) feeds light, and wherein the light-guiding bodies (3) lead into the common light exit surface (2b). According to the invention, at least one, preferably exactly one, position holder (4) is provided, by means of which the light entrance surfaces (3a) of the light-guiding bodies (3) of the at least one attachment optical unit (2) are held in position in relation to the light sources (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Irmgard Krenn, Josef Plank
  • Patent number: 9637045
    Abstract: An edge profile for bordering the superstructure of a rescue vehicle is contemplated, specifically an edge profile for bordering the upper walking deck of a firefighting vehicle that provide a modular construction system with enhanced security features. The edge profile is an extruded hollow body having a cross section with a front wall portion and an upper and lower groove for simultaneously illuminating the border of the upper walking deck and the environment around the base of the vehicle. The edge profile modularly engages with the vehicle body via cross-sectional horizontal and vertical mounting grooves, which do not require welding. A lower flange portion is further provided to cover upper parts of storage compartments at the sides of the vehicle, especially roller shutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Iveco Magirus AG
    Inventors: Frank Muhe-Sturm, Jens Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9598004
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes a main body, a decorative plate, a light-guiding rod provided with two LEDs, a covering strip, and a base. The main body has a first recessed surface at its top side and a second recessed surface at its underside, wherein the first recessed surface is provided with a plurality of oblong protrusions and defines a receiving groove, and the second recessed surface defines a receiving space for receiving a controller. The light-guiding rod is disposed in the receiving groove of the main body. The covering strip, having a plurality of raised light-transmissive portions, is fitted over the light-guiding rod. The decorative plate defines a plurality of oblong openings and is fixed onto the main body. The main body is fixed onto the base. The vehicle running board can provide a flickering mode of light at its top and a long strip of light at its one side, thus increasing safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TAYIH LUN AN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Yuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9561749
    Abstract: A pickup truck bed lighting system for mounting on a bed rail of a cargo bed side wall. The system including a scuff plate having a plurality of downward extending retention clips engaging holes in the bed rail to secure the scuff plate on top of the bed rail; and a lighting assembly including an electrical cable supported by the retention clips and a plurality of lamps mounted to the cable, the lamps spaced along the cable adjacent to the retention clips and aligning with the holes in the bed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Heaman, John U. Kowalczyk, Chad J. Clement
  • Patent number: 9539937
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprise a light source disposed on a step portion. A first coating layer is molded over the step portion and the light source. A photoluminescent portion is disposed proximate a tread portion of the step portion. The light source is configured to emit a first emission to excite the photoluminescent portion to emit a second emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Travis S. Garland, Michael Musleh, Stuart C. Salter, Harry Lobo, Kevin M. O'Callaghan
  • Patent number: 9499093
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. The lighting system includes a running board having a step pad and a photoluminescent structure coupled thereto. A light assembly is configured to excite the photoluminescent structure when the running board is in a stowed position. The photoluminescent structure luminesces in response to light excitation and continues to luminesce for a period of time after the running board is moved to a deployed position and excitation light ceases to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Terrence Wilson
  • Patent number: 9499094
    Abstract: A running board of a vehicle is provided herein. The running board includes a step pad and a photoluminescent structure coupled to the step pad. The photoluminescent structure is configured to luminesce in response to excitation light provided by an external light assembly and the photoluminescent structure continues to luminesce for a period of time after the excitation light ceases to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Michael Henry Maj, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9464790
    Abstract: Present embodiments provide a light fixture having rotatable light modules and an extendable hinged mounting assembly. The light modules are electrically coupled to the light fixture via a cord and a grommet/bracket feature which provides strain relief and a waterproof barrier. The extendable hinged mounting assembly allows the light fixture to be mounted onto a ceiling or other structure while providing a mounted position and an install position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Caleb Timothy Badley, Philip Dean Winters, Timothy Glen Wright, Reed Alan Bradford, Kenneth Hayes
  • Patent number: 9423093
    Abstract: An under-vehicle ground effect system described herein creates recognizable images includes a frame component with an interior compartment and a replaceable face plate with at least one cutout defined therein. At least one light source is positioned within the interior compartment and behind the replaceable face plate. Light from the light source(s) produces a recognizable image when the light source(s) is activated. The recognizable image may be a projected recognizable image and/or a backlit recognizable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Allyn Clark
  • Patent number: 9399431
    Abstract: Support devices and their components are disclosed, including an optional lighting element mountable on the support device for emitting light. The support device facilitates access to a vehicle and includes an elongate extruded support member, brackets for mounting the elongate extruded support member to a vehicle, and a step affixed to the elongate extruded support member. A mount can be provided and coupled to the lighting element and to the step to secure the lighting element to the step when the lighting element is incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Crandall, William H. Cord
  • Patent number: 9333919
    Abstract: Support devices and their components are disclosed, including an optional lighting element mountable on the support device for emitting light. The support device facilitates access to a vehicle and includes an elongate extruded support member, brackets for mounting the elongate extruded support member to a vehicle, and a step affixed to the elongate extruded support member. A mount can be provided and coupled to the lighting element and to the step to secure the lighting element to the step when the lighting element is incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Crandall, William H. Cord
  • Patent number: 9308859
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door having a lower door flange defined on the door adjacent to a door lower edge, between a lower portion of the side edges of the door, and a luminant component applied to overlie at least a portion of the lower door flange of the door, so that the luminant component reflects light to the inside of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Patent number: 9096176
    Abstract: Step profile (100) for a rescue vehicle, in particular for a fire fighting vehicle, comprising an extruded profile body (10) with a mainly rectangular cross section and a mainly flat upper step surface (12), characterized in that the cross section of the profile body (10) comprises a first groove (20) opening towards the upper side of the profile body (10) in which a first band-shaped lighting device (32) is arranged, a second groove (42) opening towards the bottom side of the profile body (10) in which a second band-shaped lighting device (46) is arranged, and a cross section portion (50) for engaging with a fixing means for fixing the step profile (100) to a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Iveco Magirus AG
    Inventors: Frank Muhe-Sturm, Jens Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8714792
    Abstract: A bumper adapted for mounting to a trailer is provided. The bumper comprises a tail skirt extending horizontally across the rear of the trailer. Upright bars mount to and intersect the tail skirt. The tail skirt comprises a groove for receiving a recessed light bar comprising multiple signal lights. The wiring harness extends from the light bar into a space behind the upright bars and passes through openings in the tail skirt behind the upright bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8702284
    Abstract: A vehicle running board includes a treadle body, plural luminous members and a decorative plate. The main body is formed with a recessed surface for receiving the luminous members thereon. The luminous members have their upper parts respectively inserted in the through holes of the decorative plate, and are respectively provided with a transparent lamp holder, which has an outer wall formed with an annular projecting edge to resist against the underside of the decorative plate, and mounted thereon with an anti-skid pad. A circuit board received inside the lamp holder is installed with an LED and connected with power wires, and the luminous members are connected in series by the power wires that are connected to the electric power system of a vehicle. By so designing, the vehicle running board has effects of warning and illuminating for insuring safety in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lun An Pan Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Yueh Huang-Tsai
  • Patent number: 8240898
    Abstract: On the surface of Fresnel lens part which is formed on the back face of the lens in a door mirror, grain is provided. This grain includes the first grain formed in the first area positioned in the outside of the boundary extending in the front and rear direction of a vehicle, and the second grain formed in the second area positioned in the door panel side of the boundary, and the concavity depth of the second grain is deeper than that of the first grain. Consequently, illumination intensity of the light irradiated toward the face of the door panel from the deeper grain side of the second area can be reduced compared with the illumination intensity of the light toward the footstep from the shallower grain side of the first area. Adoption of such lens makes possible to apply in the various vehicle models through changing only the boundary position and concavity depth of the grain on the face of the Fresnel lens part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Teramoto, Ryo Yasumoto
  • Patent number: 8235568
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a security vehicle lighting system. The system includes a rocker panel trim member arranged to conceal at least a portion of a vehicle rocker panel, the trim member having a lower wall portion having at least one aperture formed therein, the lower wall portion defining an interior surface and an opposing ground-facing surface and extending inboard toward the rocker panel, and at least one light member disposed between the rocker panel and the interior surface and adjacent the at least one aperture, wherein the at least one light member is mounted on the interior surface of the trim member and operable to illuminate a portion of the ground proximate the trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Héiden, Randy Johnson, Sari Rezzo, Sue Stein, Kevin Thompson
  • Patent number: 8231169
    Abstract: A rocker panel is provided for a motor vehicle, having a first oblong rocker panel part, on which a second oblong rocker panel part, having longitudinal axis (A) parallel thereto, is fastened so it is movable in relation thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Frank Leopold
  • Patent number: 8079742
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention provides an illumination structure that can illuminate both a neighborhood of an opening and a storage portion with a simple configuration. An illumination structure 1 includes an illumination device 4 provided in an opening 3 of a vehicle 2, and a person can get on and off the vehicle 2 through the opening 3. The illumination device 4 is fixed to a step garnish 5 provided in a lower end portion 3a of the opening 3. A translucent member 18 is provided in a bottom surface of a storage portion 9 formed in a door lining 10. When a door 6 is closed against the opening 3, the storage portion 9 is disposed on the step garnish 5, whereby the illumination structure 1 is retained while the illumination device 4, a first translucent member 18a, and a second translucent member 18b line up in the order from the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Shiro Iwai, Koji Imaizumi, Aika Saito
  • Patent number: 8007148
    Abstract: In a vehicular illumination device which illuminates a lower part around an opened part of a door at a side of a vehicle, a side sill garnish is provided below the door-opened part, and a lamp and a lamp garnish which retains the lamp are arranged on a lower face of the side sill garnish. As the lamp is retained by the lamp garnish, the lamp can efficiently and appropriately illuminate an underfoot floor when a person rides on and off the vehicle. Moreover, the lamp garnish has a recess, and an edge which is provided around an opened part of the recess. As the lamp is arranged in the recess, the lamp is not visually recognized directly from the exterior of edge parts, thereby preventing a following vehicle from falsely recognizing the lamp as a backup lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamauchi, Hidekazu Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 7901120
    Abstract: The invention relates to a decorative unit with illuminable decorative elements (1, 2, 3, 4), in particular a sill strip for positioning on the body of a vehicle, preferably in the region of a door sill, comprising a light-conducting layer (5) into which light can be radiated by an illuminant (6), in particular at least one light emitting diode (LED), disposed to the side, a light-covering decorative element layer (7) disposed over the light-conducting layer (5) with opaque and translucent regions which are designed to correspond to the decorative elements (1, 2, 3, 4), and a reflection layer (8) disposed beneath the light-conducting layer (5), a translucent dispersal layer (10) being disposed between the light-conducting layer (5) and the light-covering decorative element layer (7) disposed over the latter, wherein the translucent dispersal layer (10) contains a coarse fraction of particles with an average grain size in the region of between 30 and 120 ?m, and preferably between 60 and 90 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: CCL Design GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Droste, Reiner Kling, Peter Fleissner
  • Patent number: 7712933
    Abstract: A light for motor vehicles and the like includes one or more LEDs that are embedded in a polymer material. The light may be positioned on an exposed surface of the vehicle, and the encapsulation of the LEDs and other electrical components provides a waterproof assembly that is substantially impervious to ambient conditions. The light may include a light source and a light guide that are disposed in a watertight housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: InterLum, LLC
    Inventors: Eric L. Fleischmann, Nick J. DeVries, Thomas J. Veenstra, Michael K. Judge
  • Publication number: 20090322051
    Abstract: A vehicle with a running board (1), wherein the running board has a carrier (2) which comprises an anti-slip material at least on its surface and on which a luminous means (7) is arranged, which is connected to a voltage transformer (11) in a way it is switchably connected to a vehicle electric system (14). The carrier (2) has one or more recesses (6) in which the luminous means and a cover (3) are arranged so that an illuminable field is ci-eated. The luminous means is preferably a luminous foil or a liquid crystal luminous means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Alfred Held, Heinz Kiermeier
  • Publication number: 20090190366
    Abstract: A running light is activated in response to a number of command signals that correspond to the activation of one or more vehicle lights. For example, the running light may blink when an associated turn signal blinks, may dimly illuminate when a parking light is on, and may shine brightly when a brake light is on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: David M. Weitzel
  • Patent number: 7549776
    Abstract: A scuff plate of the invention is a scuff plate which has a luminous unit of which a side surface of side surfaces forms a luminous surface, a light source unit which emits light to the luminous unit, and a light guiding unit which is disposed in such a manner that a side surface thereof faces the luminous surface, wherein the light guiding unit has a luminous surface portion which expands in an intersecting direction relative to a front surface thereof. The scuff plate of the invention provides a scuff plate which has superior design properties without increasing the thickness of the whole thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideto Maeda, Daiichiro Kawashima, Tatsuo Ito, Tatsuya Oba, Mitsuru Kamikatano, Kohki Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20090044729
    Abstract: A running board system is provided for the light truck market, where a beam of the running board is removable to double as a ramp. For example, a single one of these beams can be used to guide a motorcycle onto a truck bed, or alternatively a pair of these removable beams can be used to provide a ramp for guiding a two wheel cart (e.g., hand truck), four wheel vehicle, or snowmobile onto the truck bed. Optionally, the beam includes lockable storage and/or includes brackets for securement of the beam(s) to the truck's tailgate when used as a ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Scott Navarre, Karen Dumas, Bob Arterburn, Rainer B. Nees
  • Publication number: 20080170405
    Abstract: Luminous surfaces 25 of a concave-convex shape are formed on a light guide member 2 of a scuff plate, and a screen member 4 made of a non-transparent material is disposed between the light guide member 2 and a wire harness 31 of the scuff plate. The light guide member 2 luminously displays a design in a three-dimensional manner, and also the wire harness 31 will not be visually recognized through the light guide member 2, and therefore the design is enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kamiya, Yasuyuki Higuchi, Kazuo Takeda, Chiharu Totani, Tatsuya Oba, Shuji Inui
  • Publication number: 20080084704
    Abstract: An illuminated mud guard with improved durability. An illuminated mud guard includes: a mud guard body provided in a part of a vehicle body behind wheels of a vehicle; and an illuminating device provided in the mud guard body. The mud guard body comprises: a front member facing the wheels for receiving mud; and a rear member formed opposite to the front member with a clearance therebetween. The illuminating device is provided in the rear member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Kazuyuki Asuwa, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20080037266
    Abstract: A running board assembly includes a frame having an interior and a top surface. The top surface of the frame includes at least one slot extending therethrough. A lightpipe step-strip includes a first portion disposed within the interior of the frame and a second portion mounted along the top surface of the frame. A lamp assembly is fixedly secured to the frame for transmitting light towards the lightpipe step-strip. The first portion of the lightpipe step-strip redirects light through the at least one slot in the frame to light the second portion of the lightpipe step-strip and provide nighttime visibility of the running board assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Cole J. CUNNIEN
  • Patent number: 6997591
    Abstract: A flashing lighting device, most specifically designed for mounting inside and outside an automobile, is comprised of a housing and, within in, a circuit for storing at least one flashing sequence signal. At least one first array of light-emitting elements is close to this housing and generates a flashing pattern responsive to the flashing sequence signal, and at least one second array of light-emitting elements are arranged more remotely from the housing than the at least one first array and is also responsive to said flashing signal. In this way the circuit actuates said the two arrays or series of arrays in a way substantially contemporaneous with the same flashing pattern so that observation of any one array conveys information regarding the flashing pattern displayed in the other array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: World Imports International, Inc.
    Inventor: Spencer Krumholz
  • Patent number: 6805475
    Abstract: A wiring assembly that is electronically connected in line with the existing running board courtesy lamp system of, for example, a Ford Expedition, Ford Excursion, Ford King Ranch or Lincoln Navigator, which causes one or more lamps on the running board to flash when the turn signal of the vehicle is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Whitmore
  • Patent number: 6709137
    Abstract: A lighted running board assembly having a mounting bracket and a framing network secured to such bracket. An illuminated step pad is secured to and supported by the framing network, such step pad including a light source, such as an LED, housed within a light housing member and disposed in a cavity of the framing network. Light is projected through a translucent surface of the step pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Decoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Glovak, Joseph A. Griffin
  • Patent number: 6659629
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle running board. The lighting device includes an enclosure and a light source coupling mechanism. A light source is coupled to the light source coupling mechanism. A first lens has a plurality of optical elements. The first lens is coupled to the lighting device enclosure. A second lens having optical elements may be provided. Light emanating from the light source is directed by the plurality of optical elements and substantially along the vehicle running board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: North American Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brant James Potter, Dianna Lynn Stadtherr
  • Patent number: 6641290
    Abstract: A vehicle equipped is with a light-emitting apparatus at an underside of an entrance thereof, wherein the light-emitting apparatus has a light transmitting tube which emits light from its circumferential surface, and a light source which is installed at one end of the light transmitting tube. The light transmitting tube has a tubular cladding, a core situated inside the tubular cladding and formed of a material having a refractive index higher than that of the tubular cladding, and a belt-like reflective layer formed between the tubular cladding and the core. The light transmitting tube is an extrusion molded product integrally and simultaneously formed by the tubular cladding, core and reflective layer. Light passing through the core is reflected and scattered by the reflective layer and emitted from an outer surface area opposite to the reflective layer of the tubular cladding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Minoru Ishiharada
  • Publication number: 20030189837
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle running board. The lighting device includes an enclosure and a light source coupling mechanism. A light source is coupled to the light source coupling mechanism. A first lens has a plurality of optical elements. The first lens is coupled to the lighting device enclosure. A second lens having optical elements may be provided. Light emanating from the light source is directed by the plurality of optical elements and substantially along the vehicle running board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Brant James Potter, Dianna Lynn Stadtherr
  • Patent number: 6604834
    Abstract: A device and method for making an electroluminescent surface illuminator device comprising electroluminescent panels built into a running board, nerfbar, step or stepside for illuminating the foot/step placement for vehicles, planes, boats, and the like. The panels comprise an electroluminescent element, a transparent panel sealing said electroluminescent element therein, and wiring for connection to an external DC/AC power inverter placed between a flexible top panel and a rigid foundational base panel commensurate in size and shape with the flexible top panel. The electroluminescent panels can be illuminated by remote control in a vehicle or a parking light switch, a headlight switch or a dome light switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Blake H. Kalana
  • Patent number: 6592242
    Abstract: A pair of auxiliary lights to be conveniently and unobtrusively carried at the opposite sides of a motorcycle in order to cooperate with the standard front headlamp and thereby advantageously provide the operator with a wide field of view including both frontal and lateral illumination so as to be better able to see approaching objects and landmarks and have sufficient time to react thereto. Each auxiliary light includes a housing, a light bulb enclosed by the housing and a foot peg bracket detachably connected to one side of the housing at which to receive a corresponding one of the left or right foot pegs of the motorcycle. A shifter mount bracket is detachably connected to the opposite side of the housing of one of the pair of auxiliary lights, and the gear shift pedal of the motorcycle is coupled to the shifter mount bracket of the one of the pair of auxiliary lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Brian C. Scaccia
  • Publication number: 20030081423
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp including a light source disposed at each end of a bar-shaped light conductor obtained by forming a transparent base material into a bar shape so that the bar-shaped light conductor emits light that is from the light sources and enters the bar-shaped light conductor. A light-emitting diode is disposed as the light source in a closed container-like casing that has a transparent translucent portion at least in a portion of the casing where the light-emitting diode is positioned to face the translucent portion, and an end surface of the bar-shaped light conductor is positioned so as to face the light-emitting diode with the translucent portion in between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Shinji, Shigehiko Kazaoka
  • Publication number: 20030002293
    Abstract: A wiring assembly that is electronically connected in line with the existing running board courtesy lamp system of, for example, a Ford Expedition, Ford Excursion, Ford King Ranch or Lincoln Navigator, which causes one or more lamps on the running board to flash when the turn signal of the vehicle is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Whitmore
  • Publication number: 20020172054
    Abstract: A boarding device for a vehicle has an upper surface, and a lower surface. A step area is defined in the upper surface, and a light emitting device with corresponding control circuitry is set in a recess of the bottom side. The light emitting device provides illumination for the step area, so as to make boarding the vehicle more safe and convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Abraham R-K Teng
  • Patent number: 6466128
    Abstract: A vehicle door step equipped with warning indicator devices comprises a number of anti-skips sticking on a door step, and signal and warning lights at respect side corners of the door step. An outer edge of the door step is arranged with warning devices which are powered by the vehicle power system. When the vehicle make turns, these signal and warning devices will indicate the vehicle's movement at a dark area, and also to show passengers and other pedestrians the presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Miau-Shiuan Pan
  • Patent number: 6419306
    Abstract: An illuminating plate for a car has a light guide plate; a cover provided with at least one light transmitting window, and disposed on the light guide plate; and light reflecting layer formed on the rear surface of the light guide plate. The light reflecting layer is formed to cover an area where the light is projected onto the rear surface of the light guide plate through the corresponding light transmitting window, and the light reflecting layer being slightly larger than the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Sano, Osamu Yamanaka, Yasumasa Tatewaki, Minoru Shibata, Katuhiro Katagiri, Kazumichi Shigeno, Hiroshi Suyama
  • Patent number: 6416209
    Abstract: A vehicle puddle light assembly is provided in an opening formed in a body panel of a vehicle. A socket including a housing and at least one contact coupled to the housing is disposed within the opening and coupled to the body panel adjacent the opening. A lamp is coupled to the contact within the housing. A lens is coupled to the socket outboard of the lamp. The lens has an opaque upper portion and a transmissive lower portion having a plurality of facets formed therein for projecting light from the assembly and a predominantly downward and outboard direction. The housing includes a reflective upper portion for directing radiation from the lamp toward the transmissive portion of the lens and a reflective lower portion for directing radiation from the lamp toward a reflective surface of the lens formed inboard of the opaque upper portion. The radiation is then redirected toward the reflective upper portion of the housing and then toward the transmissive portion of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn W Abbott
  • Patent number: 6392559
    Abstract: A lighting system for illuminating the exterior of an automotive vehicle has a remotely controlled lamp or set of lamps mounted to the underside of the vehicle for providing illumination both below the vehicle and under the vehicle when the vehicle is stationary the lamps illuminate upon receipt of a predetermined signal from a transmitter. The lamps may also illuminate upon opening a vehicle door to illuminate the path of an exiting passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Emanuel M. Sharpe, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020054494
    Abstract: A vehicle 10, comprising running boards 11 located on the underside of doors 12 and 13, respectively, a light apparatus, and a meter case having a light transmitting tube which is low in weight, excellent in durability, and also capable of easily repairing a light source, wherein the light transmitting tube 1 is installed along the side edge of the running boards 11, one end of the light transmitting tube 1 is connected to a light source unit 16 located in a cabin of the vehicle 10 at the rearmost thereof and, when a light emitting element emits light, light is radiated from the side peripheral surface of the light transmitting tube 1 at the side edges of the running board 11 and the side edges of the running boards 11 looks luminous if they flash; a stop lamp part 120 and a meter case main body 210 also utilizing the light emission of the light transmitting tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru Ishiharada