According to Automotive News Europe, due to an ongoing chip shortage, BMW is temporarily shipping some vehicles without support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay (which we found through 9to5 Google).
BMW has changed suppliers and begun using a chip that does not fully support Android Auto or CarPlay, according to a statement provided to Automotive News Europe.
As a result, affected vehicles will receive an over-the-air software update by “the end of June at the latest,” according to the company’s statement.
According to 9to5Google, you can find out if your recently purchased vehicle is affected by looking for “6P1” in the vehicle’s production code.
All of the vehicles in question appear to have been manufactured in the first four months of 2022, with final destinations in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
This is not the first time BMW has delivered cars lacking non-essential features to avoid shipping delays. Due to a global chip shortage, the company removed touchscreen features from some vehicles last fall.
And BMW is far from alone in taking this approach. Tesla decided to ship some cars without USB ports last fall, around the same time BMW was dealing with the touchscreen issue. Ford then shipped some Explorer SUVs without rear climate controls earlier this year.
It could be worse in the case of BMW’s lack of Android Auto and CarPlay support. When Mercedes-Benz faced a similar dilemma, it chose not to include the necessary chips in some vehicles, forcing customers to bring their cars into a ship to have them installed later, according to Automotive News Europe.