Thursday, December 2, 2021

BMW drags touchscreen options from several models amid chip shortage

For now, several vehicles are going backside to iDrive controls for the infotainment system.

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BMW drags touchscreen options The global chip shortage has impacted all manner of industries more than the endure various months. Automakers are amongst those who’ve felt the impact, with bnVtZXJvdXN8Y291bnRsZXNzfHNldmVyYWx8various slowing down production. One such firm is BMW, which is taking other measures to reduce on silicon use and preserve common making levels amid the crisis. It confirmed to Autoblog that it’s temporarily removing touchscreen functioning from various models.

For now, BMW 3 Series, X5, X6, X7 and Z4 models will ship without touchscreen controls. BMW 4 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe (but not the i4 EV) will additionally lose touchscreen options for the time being.

BMW drags touchscreen options
BMW drags touchscreen options

Meanwhile, according to a post on the Bimmerfest forum, these models will not have the BMW Backup Assistant if owners opted for the Parking Assistant Package. That feature can automatically reverse the car along the path along which it drove into a spot. Engadget has contacted BMW for more details, including whether it will compensate drivers who would have been expecting to access that feature.

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