BMW would deliver new vehicles without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Android Auto and Apple Car Play have become ubiquitous over the years, and a car without support for either is almost unthinkable in 2022, unless the car in question is a Tesla. In fact, many newer models from Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and other automakers offer both systems in their cars, helping Android and iPhone users mirror their smartphones to the infotainment system. of their vehicle.
BMW is one of the three major German automakers alongside Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Like most other modern automakers, BMW is also investing heavily in electric vehicles as part of its stated plans to reach 50% of electric vehicle sales by 2030. To achieve its goal, the company has launched a host of new electric vehicles in the past two years. of years. Its latest launch is the 7-Series i7 xDrive60 luxury electric sedan which is expected to compete with similar offerings from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lucid Motors and more.
BMW is shipping some of its latest cars without Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi connectivity after switching chip suppliers to ease overwhelming chip shortages. However, the company apparently plans to add these features to its cars through a software update in the near future. In a statement provided to Automotive News EuropeBMW said the feature will be available in affected cars “by the end of June at the latest.”
Cars in the United States and Europe are affected
BMW didn’t specify which models are affected, but said not all units with “6P1” in their product specifications will come with the aforementioned features. According to the company, the units that shipped without the features were manufactured in the first four months of this year. It’s also unclear which regions are affected, but the report says drivers in the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France received their cars without the features.
The ongoing chip shortage has affected just about every industry imaginable. While the tech industry has been one of the hardest hit, automakers have also struggled to roll out complete cars in a timely manner. BMW itself faced huge problems due to supply shortages late last year when it had to ship some of its new vehicles without touchscreens. BMW also stopped offering a manual transmission option for its Mini lineup due to unspecified component shortages.
Source: Automotive News Europe
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