BMW is shipping new cars without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality after the automaker switched chip suppliers in a move that has helped it navigate the current semiconductor shortage.
Customers are urged to expect an over-the-air update that will install new software “by the end of June at the latest,” BMW said in an emailed statement.
“The chips introduced in these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software in order to be fully functional and to offer Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and Wi-Fi capability,” the report said. communicated.
The company hasn’t specified how many models and which regions are affected, but customers from the US, Italy, Spain, UK and France have posted in forums saying their new BMWs have were delivered without the feature.
Affected models include code 6P1 in their specification.
Automakers around the world must find temporary solutions to allow production to continue amid prolonged shortages of chips and other components.
BMW also said it had stopped offering manual transmission options for its Mini, citing unspecified shortages.
“In order to ensure maximum production to meet growing customer demand, our product offering needs to be streamlined,” the company said in a separate emailed statement. “This solution is the most efficient way to ensure production stability so that we can continue to supply new Minis to all of our customers. »