Your next car may come without a touchscreen and other tech as the chip shortage wreaks havoc on automakers
- Say goodbye to touchscreens and other in-car tech.
- A shortage of computer chips has forced carmakers to ditch fancy tech features in their lineups.
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Thank the worldwide shortage of computer chips for that. Too few chips to go around means BMW and other carmakers have had to cut a host of familiar tech features from their lineups.
The German luxury brand has temporarily stopped building touchscreens into several of its models in an attempt to keep production volumes up. That includes the 3 Series sedan; 4 Series coupe, Gran Coupe, and convertible; and the popular X5, X6, and X7 SUVs. The
Customers who buy one of the touchscreen-less models will receive a $500 credit. They can still use the infotainment system using knobs and buttons or voice control.
The lack of computer chips stems from Covid-related production stoppages and a huge demand for smartphones and other devices during the pandemic, among other factors. It's forced automakers to slash production and cut technology features from the vehicles they're able to make.
New cars can require more than 1,000 chips each, and short supplies mean some companies have chosen to save the ones they have for critical components rather than nonessential features.
Even as the pandemic begins to subside across much of the globe, carmakers aren't out of the woods yet. Many industry watchers expect the chip shortage to drag on at least until 2023. Other snazzy electronics could be on the chopping block next.
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