Have you ever dreamed of your car lighting up? Ford may have the answer to your problem! Although the above picture is not the actual patent illustration, it is taken from the patent and the actual illustration can be found in the linked article. Essentially, "What the patent describes is a very clever system for creating large areas of body panel illumination with a minimum of electronics or energy usage. The way the patent describes achieving this is via photoluminenscent coatings — materials similar to the glow-in-the-dark stuff that we all grew up with."
Read on to learn more about the patent and check out the illustration in more detail!