Thursday September 29, 2022

New BMWs will require a software update in order to receive Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

According to Automotive News Europe (via 9to5Google), BMW temporarily ships new vehicles without support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. According to Automotive News Europe, the chips from the new supplier are not compatible with Android Auto or CarPlay yet and will require an update to the software. BMW stated in an email to Automotive News Europe that the chips in these cars built in the first four months this year require updated software to function properly and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and Wi-Fi capability. The Verge asked BMW for comment but they didn’t respond immediately.
However, drivers may not need to wait long to get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. Automotive News Europe was informed by the car manufacturer that it will roll out an over-the air (OTA) update to make this functionality available “by June end at the latest.”
BMW did not specify which models of cars are affected, nor how many, but said that vehicles with “6P1”, in their production code, won’t have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It is unclear if the issue affects only certain regions. Automotive News Europe reports that drivers from the USA, UK, Spain, Italy, and France reported receiving their new vehicles without either functionality.
This isn’t the first time BMW has made sacrifices due to the chip shortage. BMW announced last November that it would no longer ship certain new vehicles without touchscreens or a backup assistant feature. In return, it gave $500 credit to the affected drivers.
General Motors was also affected by the shortage. GM dropped wireless charging for a range of vehicles and axed a fuel management system from some trucks. The 2022 Cadillac Escalade also lost the driverless Super Cruise feature. Ford began temporarily shipping and selling Explorer SUVs with no rear heating or air conditioning controls in recent years.
Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO, predicts that the chip shortage will continue into 2024. It affects a variety of industries in different ways.

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