The other day we had a piece about some manufacturers deciding to eliminate AM radio from the electric vehicles (citing "electromagnetic interference") and Ford deciding to eliminate it completely (citing, essentially, irrelevance).
But now, the Boston Globe reports:
"Ford Motor Co. is doing a 180 on AM radio.
"The giant automaker on Tuesday abandoned a controversial plan to stop offering AM radio receivers in its new cars, after intense opposition from broadcasters and the US Congress.
"'After speaking with policy leaders about the importance of AM broadcast radio as a part of the emergency alert system, we’ve decided to include it on all 2024 Ford & Lincoln vehicles,' said a statement issued by Ford chief executive Jim Farley. 'For any owners of Ford EVs (electric vehicles) without AM broadcast capability, we’ll offer a software update.'
"It’s a major climbdown from early April, when Ford said that most of its 2024 models would be AM radio-free. In response, a bipartisan group of US senators last week proposed legislation to make AM radio a mandatory feature in cars."