US 9,809,160 B2
Tailgate illumination system
Stuart C. Salter, White Lake, MI (US); Paul Kenneth Dellock, Northville, MI (US); and James J. Surman, Clinton Township, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Apr. 16, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/687,972.
Application 14/687,972 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/603,636, filed on Jan. 23, 2015, granted, now 9,573,517.
Application 14/603,636 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/086,442, filed on Nov. 21, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2015/0217685 A1, Aug. 6, 2015
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B60Q 1/56 (2006.01); H05B 37/02 (2006.01); B60Q 3/30 (2017.01); B60Q 1/24 (2006.01); F21Y 115/10 (2016.01)
CPC B60Q 1/56 (2013.01) [B60Q 3/30 (2017.02); H05B 37/0218 (2013.01); H05B 37/0227 (2013.01); B60Q 1/24 (2013.01); B60Q 2400/20 (2013.01); F21Y 2115/10 (2016.08); Y02B 20/46 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle, comprising:
a truck bed defining a cargo space;
a bumper positioned vehicle rearward of the truck bed;
a tailgate defining a recessed surface, the tailgate rotatable between substantially open and substantially closed positions; and
an illumination system comprising:
a first optically interactive portion positioned on the truck bed;
a second optically interactive portion positioned on the tailgate; and
a light source positioned on the recessed surface of the tailgate, wherein the light source and the first and second optically interactive surfaces are configured to illuminate the cargo space when the tailgate is in the substantially open position and illuminate the bumper in the substantially closed position.