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Ford backtracks on dropping AM radios from its vehicles

The North American radio industry has been swimming against the tide recently as more and more auto manufacturers say they’re dropping AM radio from their cars, mostly electric vehicles. They cite the technological problems caused by the electromagnetic interference from vehicle motors. It tends to make reception of AM radio signals difficult.

A bipartisan group of politicians in the US have introduced a bill (the AM for Every Vehicle Act) that would required all vehicles sold in the country to be equipped with AM radios (such a law would inevitably affect cars sold in Canada). This may have been enough for Ford to reverse its position on dropping AM.

Ford CEO Jim Farley said this:

Ford will include AM radio on all gas and electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles. A software update will be pushed to reinstate AM in EVs.

More here.

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