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An apparatus and method for illuminating a vehicle including a light source connected to an illuminatable component such as an interior or exterior vehicle door handle or steering wheel, and a control system including a plurality of sensors that monitor the vehicle and surroundings for predetermined conditions and selectively illuminate the component as a means of conveying information or warnings about the vehicle or its surroundings. Illumination may be enhanced by other auditory signals such as audio alarms or vibration. Predetermined conditions may include the proximity of a vehicle user, key fob activation or proximity, input from an entertainment system, activation of a pressure sensor, the presence of a person or object in proximity to the vehicle, or the vehicle's ignition or gear state.

Title
Vehicle illumination system and method
Application Number
11/436786
Publication Number
7987030 (B2)
Application Date
May 18, 2006
Publication Date
July 26, 2011
Inventor
Adrian B Chernoff
Boulder
CO, US
Patricia A Flores
Clawson
MI, US
Agent
Quinn Law Group PLLC
Assignee
GM Global Technology Operations
MI, US
IPC
B60Q 1/00
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