A developer has found a way to add support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay using Teslas on a web browser and some off-the-shelf hardware.
A developer has found a way to add support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Tesla vehicles using a web browser and some off-the-shelf hardware. Tesla’s operating system includes a ton of handy features, including Full Self-Driving (FSD), Spotify and Netflix integration, the ability to play AAA video games, and much more. However, the one noticeably absent feature is support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This makes Tesla one of the only major automakers that do not support either of the two systems in its vehicles.
In 2022, it’s difficult to imagine new cars without shipping, either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. In fact, many newer vehicle offer systems and enabling both Android and iPhone users to mirror their smartphones to their car’s infotainment system. Even when an automaker leaves out these features in their cars, it is only a temporary measure in most cases. For example, BMW is currently supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay without shipping cars, but the company says it plans to add these features in a software update.
Developer Michał Gapiński of the Tesla Android Project has managed to come up with a hack to run on both Android Auto and CarPlay. While the project has been in the works for some time, the first ‘alpha’ version was released this week and it’s now officially available for tech-savvy DIY enthusiasts to try out on their Teslas. The process includes additional hardware, including two Raspberry Pi single-board computers, as well as other add-on cards and cables. The hardware requirements include a Raspberry Pi 4 with a recommended 4GB of RAM to run Android, as well as a Raspberry Pi 3 or newer to Run Linux. Other requirements include a video capture for a Geekworm module, connectivity for an LTE modem, and a few cables.
The Setup Process Might Be Simplified In The Future
According to Gapiński, the method will eventually be simplified to use only one Raspberry 4 board, but the initial few releases will still use two boards. “New features of easier development and testing.” Once the hardware is installed, users will need to go through a detailed setup process that will enable them to connect to the Raspberry Pi on Android. The setup process is a little complicated, but not too daunting for people who have worked with Raspberry Pi or similar single-board computers before.
Once the setup process is complete, users can launch Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to mirror their Tesla’s center screen on their smartphone. While the process is unlikely to ever be plug-and-play, Gapiński says that the ultimate goal is to simplify the process enough so that the setup can be completed. “Minutes of a matter.” If the hack becomes easier, it can be found among the tremendous interest Tesla owners in the future.
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Source: Tesla Android Project
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