Apple CarPlay works with Android and a bit of tinkering

Running Apple CarPlay in your Tesla car is possible. With Android (ironically) and some manipulation, you can use the in-car version of iOS in your electric car.

The Tesla Android project initiated by Polish developer Michał Gapiński is available in public alpha. As its name suggests, Tesla Android aims to run Google’s operating system in electric cars. This is not obvious since Tesla blocks all OS apart from its embedded operating system. Nevertheless, Tesla Android works and now you can use Apple CarPlay.

Android interface works in Tesla cars – Credit: Tesla Android Project

Tesla is one of the few automakers that doesn’t support Apple CarPlay, the in-vehicle version of iOS. However, this support is technically possible. Developer Michał Gapiński managed to make CarPlay work on a Tesla with two Raspberry nanocomputers, including one that runs on Android. Ironically, Apple CarPlay works in Tesla cars thanks to Android.

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In addition to Apple CarPlay, the Tesla Android project also makes it possible to operate Android-Auto. As the developer explains, the project “ turns the navigator into an interactive Android tablet that works while the vehicle is in motion “. At the hardware level, you must have a Raspberry Pi 4 under Android and a Raspberry Pi 3 under Linux.

Some manipulations are then necessary to make Apple CarPlay work. After setting up Tesla Android, Tesla’s built-in web browser connects to the Raspberry Pi’s Wi-Fi and accesses the Android interface. You can then run Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. As you can see in the tweet below, the Android interface is then displayed on part of the central screen. Moreover, the screen of the new Model S and X can finally tilt.

Finally, the Tesla Android project works, but obviously it needs to be improved so that the installation is easier and more accessible. As Michał Gapiński explained, “ right now, the focus is shifting to better integration and simplification. Removing the two Raspberry requirement will help reduce both costs and barriers “. The objective is therefore to be able install in minutes without having a Raspberry Pi on hand.

Source: Android Authority

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