The worldwide chip scarcity continues to trigger issues for automakers to the purpose the place some are transport automobiles with out all of their marketed options.

BMW, for instance, is transport a few of its new vehicles with out assist for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in keeping with a latest report by Automotive Information.

In an e mail to affected clients, the German auto big confirmed that some automobiles constructed between January and April of this 12 months include chips that require up to date software program so as to have the ability to provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The required replace can be rolled out “by the tip of June on the newest,” the automaker stated.

The problem is reportedly the results of BMW altering chip provider in a bid to cope with the scarcity in probably the most environment friendly manner potential. In different phrases, altering provider prevented it from halting shipments whereas it waited for the chips to come back in. As a substitute, it’s been in a position so as to add the brand new provider’s chips after which ship the vehicles, the one problem being that it must roll out up to date software program to activate sure options.

It’s not clear what number of clients and car fashions are impacted by BMW’s resolution to ship automobiles with out CarPlay and Android Auto, however Automotive Information’ personal analysis suggests the scenario includes the automaker’s American, British, French, Italian, and Spanish markets.

Whereas the difficulty could also be an unwelcome annoyance for purchasers, it shouldn’t show to be an excessive amount of hassle offered BMW delivers on its promise to resolve the issue by the tip of subsequent month. It’s actually higher than the automaker holding on to the car till the performance may be added.

Digital Traits has reached out to BMW for extra info on the scenario and we are going to replace this text after we hear again.

BMW’s resolution to ship automobiles with out all the marketed options is just like strikes made by different automobile corporations in latest months. Ford, for instance, additionally cited the worldwide chip scarcity for its resolution to ship a few of its Explorer SUVs with out explicit options, although it promised so as to add them when the chips turn out to be obtainable.

In Ford’s case, it meant transport a few of its Explorers with out performance for rear seat controls that function heating, air flow, and air con, although they’re controllable from the driving force’s seat.

Brought on by pandemic-related provide chain issues and different components, the chip scarcity isn’t anticipated to finish anytime quickly, with Intel’s chief saying final month that it may take a number of extra years for his firm to get on prime of the scenario.

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