The digital dashboard is bringing all sorts of things to drivers, but it won’t push FM/AM radio out of the front seat. That’s according to the big three automakers. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler each tell Inside Radio they’re committed to keeping broadcast radio inside their dashboards — and some are even doubling down on their commitment to it.
We have no plans to get rid of them because of their value for our customers,” Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne says. He points out they’ve just announced plans to begin installing HD Radio as standard on some Dodge Ram pickups. It’s a similar message from General Motors where executive say they have “no near term plans” to stop installing broadcast radio in cars. “While we are excited about the possibilities of internet radio services and other emerging services, we understand that AM/FM radio is still a significant source of news and entertainment,” chief infotainment officer Phil Abram says. “In fact, it is an expected feature.”