Ford Applies for ‘Luminescent Vehicle Molding’ Patent

Ford Applies for ‘Luminescent Vehicle Molding’ Patent

Ford could be looking at the possibility of light-up body panels for its future cars.

The American automaker applied for a patent on June 25 for “Luminescent Vehicle Molding,” essentially body panels that could light up.

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Filed with the patent application was a diagram of a Ford Mustang convertible with areas around the beltline and other plastic trim pieces designed to light up. The company explains that the technology would ideally be used for “decorative and/or functional lighting,” and is likely similar to puddle lights, except it wouldn’t be used for the underbody of the vehicle.

It will be interesting to see how U.S. regulators react to the technology, as they haven’t been very fond of advanced lightning features including matrix LED and laser headlights, both of which are available in Europe but has not been approved for use in the U.S.

[Source: Focus RS Club]