BMW ships cars without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay


German automaker BMW is rumored to have shipped several cars without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, this can be overcome through a software update.

BMW is currently shipping some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functions. The decision comes because the company has changed its chip supplier, according to a report from Automotive News Europe. Chip from a new supplier is reportedly not yet compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and requires an update for the software to work.

“The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year require updated software to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capabilities,” BMW said in an emailed statement to Automotive News Europe.

Reported from The Verge (9/5), users may not have to wait too long to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The German automaker said that it plans to roll out an over-the-air (OTA) update to make the function work normally by the end of June.

BMW did not specify which car models were affected or how many, but said vehicles with “6P1” in their production code would not come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It is unclear if only certain regions are affected by the issue, it is rumored that drivers from the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France have reported receiving their new vehicles without any functionality.

This isn’t the first sacrifice BMW has made over chip shortages. Last November, BMW confirmed that it was stopping deliveries of some of its new vehicles without touchscreens and features backup assistant. BMW gave $500 to the affected owners in return.

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Other auto companies, such as General Motors, have also been badly affected by the chip shortage. GM excluded wireless charging from some vehicles, stopped fuel management from some of its trucks, and removed the autonomous Super Cruise feature in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. Recently, Ford temporarily shipped and sold the Explorer SUV without rear heating and air conditioning controls.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts the chip shortage will affect different industries in different ways, extending into 2024.