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

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

According to a report from Automotive News Europe (via 9to5Google), BMW is temporarily shipping some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after switching chip suppliers. The new supplier's chips are reportedly not yet compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay, and require an update for the software to work.

In an emailed statement to Automotive News Europe, BMW said in an emailed statement to Automotive News Europe, "The software was updated in the first four months of this year to allow the chips built into these cars to be fully functional and to be fully functional by Apple." CarPlay/Android. Auto and Wi-Fi capability." required." BMW did not immediately respond to The Verge's request for comment.

However, drivers may not have to wait very long to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The carmaker told Automotive News Europe that it plans to roll out an over-the-air (OTA) update to make the "latest" functionality available by the end of June.

BMW didn't specify which car models are affected or how many, but they do say that vehicles with "6P1" in their production code will not come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It is unclear whether only certain regions are affected by the issue – Automotive News Europe says that drivers in the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France have reported receiving their new vehicles without any functionality.

This isn't the first sacrifice BMW has made to make up for the lack of a chip. Last November, BMW confirmed that it stopped shipping some of its new vehicles without the touchscreen and backup assistant feature and gave affected drivers a $500 credit instead.

Other car companies such as General Motors were also greatly affected by this shortfall. GM removed wireless charging from a range of vehicles, removed the fuel management module from some of its trucks, and cut the driverless Super Cruise feature in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. Recently, Ford temporarily began shipping and selling the Explorer SUV without rear heating and air conditioning controls.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts chip shortages, affecting a range of industries in different ways, could last until 2024.

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