BMW is temporarily delivering some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after a change of chip suppliers, according to a report by Car news in Europe (via 9to5Google). It is reported that the chips from the new provider are not yet compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay and require an update for the software to work.

“The chips built into 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 capabilities,” BMW said in an email to Car news in Europe. BMW did not respond immediately On the edgerequest for comment.

However, drivers may not have to wait too long to receive support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car manufacturer said Car news in Europe that it plans to launch an over-the-air (OTA) update to make the functionality available “by the end of June at the latest”.

BMW did not specify which car models were affected or how many, but said the 6P1 vehicles in their product code would not come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It is not clear whether only certain regions are affected by the problem – Car news in Europe says drivers from the US, the UK, Italy, Spain and France have said they have received their new vehicles without any functionality.

This is not the first sacrifice BMW has made due to a shortage of chips. Last November, BMW confirmed that it had stopped delivering some of its new vehicles without touchscreens and a backup assistant function and gave the affected drivers a $ 500 loan in return.

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

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

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