Dealer-installed high-definition digital radios are now available as an option on nearly all 2008 model year Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The program makes the Ford Motor Co. the first automaker to offer HD digital radios across multiple product lines, according to the company. Additionally, HD digital radios can be installed on many earlier models from 2005, 2006, and 2007.
HD digital radio dramatically increases the sound quality of radio broadcasts and enables more than one radio broadcast on a single channel. As a result, consumers hear a wide range of new HD2 multicast stations as well as their favorite radio stations in crystal clear digital sound with no monthly subscription fee. More than 1500 radio stations in the U.S. currently broadcast in HD digital sound, with more than 600 stations also airing HD2 multicasts.