Pioneer Electronics and possibly other suppliers are hoping to avoid shortages of the modules that enable CarPlay and Android Auto in car radios.
As we reported, a short supply in some of the modules has caused General Motors to stop selling CarPlay/Android Auto over the next 5 or 6 weeks.
One of the modules for CarPlay and Android Auto is manufactured by Renesas in Japan, which was struck by an earthquake April 16, said Pioneer. Renesas factories experienced several weeks of disruption to manufacturing as a result.
Pioneer said it is now waiting to learn if its supply of the CarPlay/Android Auto modules will be restricted.
“In April, there was an earthquake in the part of Japan near Kumamoto. What we’re still trying to deduce, and we don’t have a final status, is if there will be any effect to our supply chain. There have been stories from General Motors, Toyota and others on delayed production from that factory,” said Pioneer VP Marketing Ted Cardenas.
He added, “At this time, we’ve been doing pretty well in meeting demand with our supply.” But he said, “There may be some shortfall in our supply based on both the fact that some of our peers are not shipping product, and then, what we’re currently trying to gauge, if we’ll be affected by the delay in production at Renesas.”
Renesas owns about 40 percent of the microcontroller market in the automotive industry, he said.