Some BMWs come without Android Auto or CarPlay to avoid delays

Due to the constant shortage of chips, BMW is temporarily delivering some vehicles without support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, the report said. Automotive News of Europe (which we found through 9to5 Google). According to a statement given by the company Automotive News of Europe, BMW has changed vendors and started using a chip that does not fully support Android Auto or CarPlay. As a result, the company continued in its statement, the affected vehicles will receive software updates via wireless network by “the end of June at the latest”.

As 9to5Google notes, you can check if your recently purchased vehicle is affected by the “6P1” check in the car’s product code. It also appears that all of the vehicles in question were manufactured in the first four months of 2022, with final destinations in the US, France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

This is not the first time that BMW has delivered cars that lack certain irrelevant features to avoid delivery delays. Last fall, the company omitted touchscreen features from some vehicles, also due to a global shortage of chips. And BMW isn’t the only carmaker to embrace this direction. Last fall, at about the same time as BMW struggled with the problem of the touch screen, Tesla decided to ship some cars without USB ports. Then, earlier this year, Ford shipped some Explorer SUVs without rear climate controls.

In the event of a lack of BMW support for Android Auto and CarPlay, it could be worse. As Automotive News of Europe notes, when Mercedes-Benz was faced with a similar dilemma, it decided not to include the necessary chips in some vehicles, at which point customers would be forced to bring their cars on board to install them later.

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