Ford Decides To Keep AM Radio On 2024 Models

New Ford car, truck, and SUV owners will still be able to listen to AM radio in their vehicles.

After meeting with government policymakers, who are worried about maintaining emergency alerts, which are frequently broadcast on AM stations, the business is reversing a decision to scrub the band, according to CEO Jim Farley, who posted on social media on Tuesday.

Farley said, “We’ve decided to include it on all 2024 Ford and Lincoln vehicles. For any owners of Ford’s EVs without AM broadcast capability, we’ll offer a software update.” The action follows the introduction on Wednesday of a measure by a bipartisan group of federal legislators urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate AM in new vehicles at no additional cost.

After data from the vehicles revealed that fewer than 5% of buyers listened to it, Ford deleted AM from the 2023 Mustang Mach-e and F-150 Lightning electric trucks, according to spokesman Alan Hall.

A part was also played by electrical interference, lowering costs, and simplifying the manufacturing process.

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