Ford F-Series Super Duty Strobe Lights Wish You a Happy Morse Code Day
2016 Super Duty Available with Factory-Installed Strobe Lights
Ford is celebrating the birthday of Samuel Morse with a new YouTube video featuring a 2016 F-Series Super Duty flashing a secret message via some amber strobe lights.
Samuel Morse, born on this day in 1791, invented his unique method of communication after personal tragedy. Receiving a letter that his wife had died while he was away, he rushed to his home only to find that she’d already been buried. He resolved to devise a new instant form of communication to prevent that grief from befalling anyone else. Today, Morse code is still widely used among aviation, nautical, and communication professionals as a reliable, interchangeable form of communication.
Morse’s birthday provides a convenient way for Ford to tacitly make an announcement about the 2016 Super Duty, which will now be available for fleet customers with factory-installed amber strobe lights. The strobe lights installed on F-Series Super Duty trucks in use at worksites are designed to warn motorists and others that workers may be present and to proceed with caution. Additionally, they meet current visibility standards that require them to be visible from 1,000 feet away during the day and one mile away at night. The $700 option also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Although the strobe lights aren’t actually able to flash secret messages (at least in factory spec), having such an option available from an OEM makes life a bit easier for truck builders. And we’re sure someone will crack the Morse code before too long to turn their Super Dutys into giant telegraphs.