A new car without a radio?
It sounds as unthinkable as a new car without floor mats or a heater. But there is a real danger that your next new car might come without an AM/FM receiver.
Or, might cost you extra.
As unthinkable as it sounds — and as undesirable as it would be (based on known consumer preferences; more on that in a minute) — there is chatter in Detroit that the car industry is giving thought to retiring the AM/FM receiver in favor of music piped into the car via subscription-based satellite radio, iPods, smartphones, and various mobile apps.
Rather than these technologies supplementing AM/FM radio — as they do right now — they would replace it.
Leaving you in the dark.
Well, in the quiet.
Unless you opened up your wallet and paid for the satellite radio hook-up.