BMW is temporarily offering certain cars without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support after a chip supplier change, according to Automotive News Europe. It seems that the new chips used by the manufacturer will require a software update, which will come in the future. Thus, cars support hardware functionality, but not now. BMW tells Automotive News in Europe:
“The chipsets built into these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software to be fully functional and provide Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and Wi-Fi capabilities.”
It’s unclear exactly which models will be affected, but BMW says cars with “6P1” in their production number have been affected. But waiting for customers who get cars without the car interface from Apple and Google doesn’t have to wait that long, because an OTA update will arrive in cars next June, which will bring back functionality.
Automotive News Europe wrote that BMW drivers from the USA, Italy, Spain and France reported that their cars came without CarPlay and Android Auto.
This is not the first time that BMW has been affected by the lack of chips, in November last year it had to deliver some cars without touch screens and reverse assistant.
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