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Electric vehicle producers removing AM radios

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Many makers of electric vehicles have begun removing AM radios, and government officials are concerned that inaccessibility to those airwaves could pose a risk to drivers, Axios reports. During emergencies, officials frequently provide critical updates about unsafe conditions via AM radio, but EV manufacturers claim that their motors interfere with the frequencies, which fades the signal. Nearly 50 million people still listen to AM radio, per Nielsen data, but automakers argue that there are other ways for the government to communicate with drivers, such as Bluetooth connections to smartphone apps.
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The only thing I think about when I hear the term AM radio is the eerie station my '77 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was stuck on after I punched the radio when it wouldn't stop randomly blaring "94.9 STAR COUNTRY". It was like picking up a Russian radio station from an alternate dimension, static, some kind of Russian sounding language, and damned ghostly polka music. You could just baaaarely hear it coming out of the one working speaker on the passengers side of the dash. It was always stuck on that or the haunting classical music station.
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