BMW originally charged its customers a US$300 lifetime fee to use Apple’s CarPlay. Drivers were angry and now the manufacturer has eliminated the fee (via Autocar).
BMW owners—upon purchasing a car—got a free subscription to CarPlay for a year. After that drivers had the option to cancel or pay a recurring US$110 fee per year, even though Apple doesn’t charge car manufacturers for including its automobile service.
However, a spokesperson for BMV told Autocar that CarPlay will be free for the lifeline of the car on all models “operating the latest infotainment system.” Customers who have already paid for a subscription will be offered a free, unlimited subscription instead.