Some BMWs ship without Android Auto or CarPlay to avoid delays

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Due to the ongoing chip shortage, BMW is temporarily shipping some vehicles without support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, according to the report from Automotive News Europe (which we found via 9to5 Google). According to a statement the company gave to Automotive News Europe, BMW has switched suppliers and has started using a chip that does not fully support Android Auto or CarPlay. As a result, the company continued in its statement, the affected vehicles will receive a wireless software update by “end of June at the latest.”

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

This isn’t the first time BMW has delivered cars that lack certain non-essential features to avoid shipping delays. Last fall, the company omitted touchscreen features from some vehicles, also due to the global chip shortage. And BMW is not the only car manufacturer to tack this course. Last fall, around the same time that BMW was struggling with the touchscreen problem, Tesla decided to ship some cars without USB ports. Then, earlier this year, Ford released some Explorer SUVs without rear climate control.

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

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