Dana Wollman

Some BMWs come without Android Auto or CarPlay to avoid delays

Due to ongoing chip shortages, BMW is temporarily shipping some vehicles without Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support, according to a report from Automotive News Europe (which we found thanks to 9to5Google). According to a statement the company provided to Automotive News Europe, BMW changed suppliers and started using a chip that does not fully support Android Auto or CarPlay. As a result, the company continued in its statement, affected vehicles will receive an over-the-air software update by “the end of June at the latest.”

Like 9to5Google notes, you can check if your recently purchased vehicle is affected by checking “6P1” in the car’s production code. It also appears that all of the vehicles in question were manufactured in the first four months of 2022 and have final destinations in the US, France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

This is not the first time that BMW has delivered cars missing some non-essential features in order to avoid shipping delays. Last fall, the company omitted touchscreen functionality from some vehicles, also due to global chip shortages. And BMW isn’t the only automaker to take this approach, either. Last fall, around the same time that BMW was struggling with the touchscreen problem, Tesla decided to ship cars without USB ports. Then, earlier this year, Ford shipped Explorer SUVs without rear climate controls.

In the case of BMW’s missing Android Auto and CarPlay support, it could be worse. Like Automotive News Europe note, when Mercedes-Benz faced a similar dilemma, it chose not to include the required chips in some vehicles, in which case customers would be forced to bring their cars into a ship to have them installed later.

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