Know-how is nice… when it really works. That’s not the case with among the vehicles that BMW is transport to clients as they lack Android Auto and Apple CarPlay performance. The required {hardware} is constructed into the vehicles, however the software program shouldn’t be prepared in the intervening time. The difficulty stems from the semiconductor scarcity, which has prompted the German luxurious model to change chip suppliers.

The choice was taken to attenuate delays in deliveries through the use of a special provider to offset as a lot as doable the semiconductor shortages. Automotive Information Europe obtained an e-mailed assertion from BMW saying an over-the-air software program revision will unlock the 2 features. The OTA replace is scheduled to reach by the top of June on the newest.

“The chips constructed into these vehicles within the first 4 months of this yr want up to date software program as a way to be absolutely useful and provide Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi functionality.”

It’s unclear what number of autos are impacted by this situation, however we do know the vehicles have the “6P1” code of their specification. BMW commenced manufacturing of autos with the completely different chips in January and desires a few months to iron out the software program points. It’s not the world since affected house owners received’t should take their vehicles to the dealership. The OTA replace will repair the issue, which isn’t BMW’s fault within the first place.

It’s A A lot Greater Downside For MINI

The semiconductor scarcity has not too long ago hit MINI as nicely. It’s a considerably larger situation since none of the present fashions may be ordered with a handbook gearbox anymore. Maybe extra worrying is the unsure timeframe concerning when the clutch pedal might return.

Understandably, the lacking chips have had much less of an affect on Rolls-Royce. The Goodwood marque builds high-margin autos to which the BMW Group prioritizes microchip shipments. The ultra-luxury British model solely sells a handful of vehicles anyway. Though Q1 2022 was a report quarter, nonetheless only one,624 vehicles had been delivered.

Supply: Automotive Information Europe