Ford's putting AM radio back in vehicles, including EVs.
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According to a story on Forbes (which has a paywall), Ford may be backing off on eliminating the AM radio in their vehicles, but it sounds like manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, VW, and Tesla still plan on phasing AM radios out of their EVs going forward.
Ford backed off on killing AM for 2024 models after talking to various states about the AM emergency warning systems, but no commitment past '24 models. It's just a software change. Like Tesla and John Deere, all the car companies will retain control of a car your paid a fortune for. They can change the software at any time without your permission or even telling you. On new Mercedes you can add lots of horsepower paying $60 or $90 a month. They are in complete control with propitiatory systems you can't hack.
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"Functions on Demand" It's the latest thing. BMW will sell you a subscription for heated seats. A monthly subscription to heat your front seats costs roughly $18, with options to subscribe for a year ($180), three years ($300), or pay for “unlimited” access for $415.
The AM radio circuit is very cheap--pennies. It is often included for free in Bluetooth or Wifi ICs. The hard part is having a proper antenna, especially in modern electronics filled cars that generate a lot of interference for AM signals. Making AM radios work in modern cars so that provide a decent sound is difficult and can be expensive. It is a hard choice to make when they know that fewer and fewer people actually listen to AM these days. Ford backed off because they got a lot of press attention, but in the long run AM radio is probably a technology past its prime.
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