The component shortage is hitting many companies hard. For the general public, this translates into stock shortages, as for the PS5, or even dizzying price increases, as for graphics cards.
The automobile is also a particularly affected sector. For example, Peugeot had chosen to return to the analog speedometer to limit delays, Tesla had removed the USB-C sockets from its central console (installable later at the dealership), Renault temporarily suspended production of its new Electric Megane.
BMW partly sacrifices the central screen
BMW also finds itself impacted by the shortage and has decided to make a concession to avoid delivery delays. For this, the manufacturer will deliver some of its vehicles without Android Auto or Apple CarPlay before reactivating them by OTA by the end of June.
One might wonder how temporarily disabling these features helps the builder. The answer is actually quite simple. To circumvent the supply problem, BMW simply changed the chip used. If the news is physically capable of supporting integrated systems, the software is not yet fully developed.
Rather than delaying deliveries, BMW has therefore decided to deliver the vehicles without integrating Google or Apple systems and to proceed with an OTA update (automatic via the network) once the software part has been settled.
A choice of the lesser evil, but revealing the problems encountered by the automotive industry in this component crisis.