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Chip shortage results in major changes to BMW touchscreens

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As the global chip shortage continues to impact the automotive industry across the world – car makers are now making drastic changes in order to cope

Reports have revealed that car maker BMW is dropping touchscreens from many of its cars due to the continued chip shortage.

Over the past two years, auto manufacturers have had to pause production or cut vehicle features in order to manage the burden of the chip shortage.

BMW confirmed to Autoblog that it’s temporarily removing touchscreen functions from several models.

BMW to ship certain cars without touchscreen feature

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 also lose touchscreen features for the time being.

Owners of the “touch-less” models will need to use the centre console’s iDrive controller to navigate the infotainment system. If you receive a model without touch control when it should have had it, you’ll receive a $500 credit due to “Deletion of Touchscreen.”

It’s unclear how long these BMW models will be impacted by the chip shortage or if other cars will be added to the no-touchscreen list in the future.

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Technician shortages loom for EV industry

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Can the supply of skilled EV technicians live up to demand?

The Auto Report provides comprehensive insights of developments in the rapidly evolving world of mobility. The program delves into pertinent trends shaping the automotive landscape.

Hosted by esteemed industry figures Matt Hobbs, CEO of Motor Trades Association of Australia and Mike Costello of Cox Automotive.

In this episode, Mike & Matt are joined by CEO of the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance, Gavin Lind. #auto report

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China EV maker NIO reveals advanced battery swapping solution

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Since 2018, Chinese EV manufacturer NIO has emerged as a leading advocate for battery-swapping.

Battery swapping, also known as battery switching, is a technology for electric vehicles where a discharged battery pack can be quickly exchanged for a fully charged one, providing an alternative to recharging the vehicle at a charging station.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss all the latest EV updates.

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Microsoft recalls ‘Recall AI’ feature over security fears

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Microsoft has announced a postponement in the release of its new Recall AI feature, citing significant security concerns raised during internal testing.