Some new BMWs will reportedly come without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

BMW is temporarily delivering some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after a change of chip supplier, according to the report Automotive News of Europe (over it 9to5Google). The new vendor chips are reportedly not yet compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay and require an update to keep the software running.

“The chips installed in these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and Wi-Fi capability,” BMW said in a statement sent by email. Automotive News of Europe. BMW did not react immediately The Verge‘s request for comment.

However, drivers may not have to wait too long to get support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car manufacturer said Automotive News of Europe that it plans to introduce a wireless (OTA) update to make the functionality available “by the end of June at the latest”.

BMW has not specified which car models are affected or how many, but says vehicles with “6P1” in the product code will not come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It is not clear whether the problem only affects certain regions – Automotive News of Europe says drivers from the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France have reported getting their new vehicles without any functionality.

This is not the first sacrifice BMW has made due to a lack of chips. Last November, BMW confirmed that it had stopped shipping some of its new vehicles without touch screens and auxiliary features, and in return gave the affected drivers a $ 500 loan.

Other car companies, such as General Motors, have also been hit hard by the shortage. GM has discontinued wireless refueling in a number of vehicles, removed the fuel management module from some of its trucks and discontinued the driverless Super Cruise feature in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. Ford recently began temporarily shipping and selling Explorer SUVs without rear heating and air conditioning controls.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts that the shortage of chips, which affects a number of industries in various ways, could last until 2024.

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