GM rival Ford has decided to include AM radio in all of its 2024 vehicle models in both its Ford and Lincoln lineups, according to a tweet from Blue Oval CEO Jim Farley.
Ford chose to include standard AM radio to give drivers easy access to the emergency alert system, which broadcasts important warnings on the AM frequency.
Ford also plans to offer a software update for owners of Ford EVs lacking AM broadcast capability, Farley noted. The update will make it easier for Ford owners to listen to AM broadcasts, including various types of emergency alerts. Ford drivers can currently use streaming and other methods to access AM content.
Farley also praised the speed with which Ford engineers and “manufacturing teams” made the necessary changes to include AM radio in Ford and Lincoln vehicles for the 2024 model year.
The move reverses an April 2023 decision by Ford to drop AM radio functionality across most of its 2024 lineup, with the exception of commercial vehicles. The automaker cited AM radio interference with electric vehicle function as the reason for the change, along with availability of new streaming technology to access AM stations.
GM has no current plans to omit AM radio from its vehicles, whether they are EVs or motivated by internal combustion. GM Authority learned this from a GM representative who also stated they could not comment on the availability of AM radio in future vehicles.
The about-face of Ford on inclusion of AM radio in its vehicles raises the possibility GM could decide to reverse course on a recent decision of its own. In late March 2023, Reuters reported The General plans to eliminate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring from its EV lineup, replacing them with a new Google-based infotainment system.
Under this plan, the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV will be the first GM vehicle to omit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration going forward. GM vice president of software Scott Miller defended the automaker’s choice in a mid-April interview. He stated GM is “very comfortable with our decision,” adding, “we are going to evolve and learn, and I think we are going to be in good shape here.”
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will continue to be offered on ICE vehicles produced by The General. However, the alteration of Ford plans shows a possibility remains GM could change its mind on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inclusion in its future EVs, especially in light of the strong criticism it has received for the features’ removal.