Lighted vehicle access system and method

  • US 7,422,408 B2
  • Filed: 07/21/2005
  • Issued: 09/09/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/21/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A vehicle access apparatus coupled to and movable with respect to a vehicle for user entry into and exit from the vehicle, the vehicle access apparatus comprising:

  • a platform;

    a linkage assembly moveably coupling the platform to the vehicle;

    an actuator coupled to the linkage assembly and operable to move the linkage assembly and the platform with respect to the vehicle, the platform moveable between a lowered position and a raised position, and between the raised position and a stowed position; and

    a light mounted on the linkage assembly for movement therewith and positioned to illuminate at least part of the platform during movement of the platform, wherein an orientation of the light is substantially fixed with respect to the platform during movement of the platform between the lowered and raised positions, and wherein an orientation of the light changes with respect to the platform during movement of the platform between the raised and deployed positions.

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