And some are willing to hack AM radio’s back into their vehicles, a clear sign listeners want radio to remain front and center in the console. You may recall that BMW was the first auto company to ditch AM radio in its i3 electric vehicle. Well, that has apparently is causing problems with the owners of those vehicles.
The reason BMW dropped AM was interference from the electric drivetrain of the car blocking out the AM signal, making it fuzzy and choppy. According to BMWBlog those that own the vehicle have started blogs and gotten on forums to complain about AM radio missing and some have even tried to hack AM radio back into their cars.
The blog says, “due to AM radio’s loyal following, many automakers, BMW included, are looking for a way to reduce and eliminate the interference that comes from electric vehicles. If automakers can shield the wiring, and possibly even the electric motor, then the interference could stop.”
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