Apple CarPlay is now out there for Tesla autos – however just for house owners prepared to resort to a workaround that makes use of a related Raspberry Pi.
Within the face of Tesla’s obvious indifference to repeated calls to carry CarPlay to its cars, Polish developer Michał Gapiński demoed his success in bringing Apple’s in-car system to his Tesla Mannequin 3 earlier this yr. As famous by Tesla North, after six months of labor, Gapiński has now launched the primary publicly out there alpha model of “Tesla Android” on Github for others to obtain and take a look at.
The workaround includes utilizing a Rasberry Pi with an LTE modem and a Wi-Fi entry level, working a customized Android-based firmware, in addition to a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable and Ethernet cable. As demonstrated in a YouTube video, the in-car browser is used to hook up with the Rasberry Pi and show the CarPlay interface on the Tesla’s display, the place Apple apps together with Maps and Apple Music perform as anticipated. The system works whereas driving, and will also be managed with the media buttons on the Tesla’s steering wheel.
Gapiński says the primary goal of the newest alpha launch was usability. “For the undertaking to scale and turn out to be widespread within the Tesla neighborhood it wants to supply a responsive Android expertise. In any other case, individuals will not use it,” he says on his Tesla Android Venture web site.
“Proper now the main focus is beginning to shift in direction of higher integration and simplification,” continues Gapiński. “Dropping the 2 boards requirement will assist in decreasing each value and entry barrier by decreasing the set up information to one thing that may be achieved in a matter of minutes.”
Regardless of the preponderance of CarPlay on many different electrical automobiles, Tesla doesn’t supply official assist. Hints in 2020 that Tesla was planning to assist Apple Music by no means got here to fruition, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not appear to answer requests on Twitter for the corporate to carry CarPlay to its autos, regardless of it being one of many most-requested options amongst Tesla house owners.
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