BMW is temporarily shipping some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after switching chip suppliers, according to a report from Automotive News Europe (through 9to5Google† The chips from the new vendor are reportedly not yet compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay and will need an update for the software to work.
“The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year will require updated software to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capabilities,” BMW said in an emailed statement. -mail to Automotive News Europe† BMW did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.
However, drivers won’t have to wait too long to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The car manufacturer told Automotive News Europe that it plans to roll out an over-the-air (OTA) update to make the functionality available “by the end of June.”
BMW has not specified which car models or how many, but says vehicles with “6P1” in their production code will not ship with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It’s unclear if only certain regions are affected by the issue — Automotive News Europe says drivers from the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France have reported receiving their new vehicles without both features.
This is not the first sacrifice BMW has made because of the chip shortage. Last November, BMW confirmed it was stopping shipping some of its new vehicles without touchscreens and a backup assistant feature and gave affected drivers a $500 credit in return.
Other car companies, such as General Motors, were also badly hit by the shortage. GM dropped wireless charging on a range of vehicles, removed a fuel management module from some of its trucks and cut the driverless Super Cruise feature in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. More recently, Ford has begun temporarily shipping and selling Explorer SUVs without controls for the rear heating and air conditioning.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts that the chip shortage, which affects a range of industries in various ways, could last until 2024.