Tesla electric cars may offer some of the most advanced automotive features, but there is one missing feature that many customers notice: the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If you’re willing to get a little nerdy, Polish developer Michał Gapiński has come up with a way to enable smartphone integration for Tesla owners via a clever hack.
The latest update to its “Tesla Android Project” brings the Apple CarPlay experience to more Tesla cars than ever before.
The current 2022.25.1 update, which first went live with an alpha release in April 2022, is only the second release. It uses a Raspberry Pi in conjunction with an LTE modem, Geekworm video capture module, Wi-Fi access point, microHDMI to HDMI cable, and Ethernet cable to enable connection to the car.
Gapiński posted on Twitter about the latest release, saying: “This is a huge release with many (of) new features and bug fixes that enable 100% functional CarPlay integration for any Tesla!†
He was not clear on which Tesla cars the software update expanded the project on, but on the Twitter account Obviously, some Model S and Model X owners had successfully followed the instructions on its website to get it working. Now it looks like Model 3 and Model Y owners can get in on the action too.
Release notes for the new update include improved audio playback, loading times, error handling, screen refresh rate, orientation lock to open apps in landscape mode, and correct resolution for CarPlay display.
The hack has also been updated to Android 12.1 for improved stability and performance.
If you want to try it for yourself, you can check out the Tesla Android Project site here.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and is very interested in the role zero-emission transport can play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it for rent at evee.com.au.