Major carmaker Ford apparently is planning to phase out AM reception from most of its new vehicles, not just electric ones.
After news broke last week that Ford will not provide AM reception in the 2024 Ford Mustang, the website Ars Technica asked the carmaker for details, and a spokesperson wrote the following. Note the final phrase:
“A majority of U.S. AM stations, as well as a number of countries and automakers globally, are modernizing radio by offering internet streaming through mobile apps, FM, digital and satellite radio options. Ford will continue to offer these alternatives for customers to hear their favorite AM radio music, news and podcasts as we remove amplitude modulation — the definition of AM in this case — from most new and updated models we bring to market.”
That is the most explicit indication that Ford is moving away from offering OTA AM reception in its fleet beyond electric vehicles.
As we reported earlier, Volvo appears to have made a similar decision, based on the wording of its response to Sen. Ed Markey. Volvo has not returned requests for comment from Radio World.