Polish developer Michał Gapiński has released a new and improved version of his “Tesla Android Project” that brings Apple’s CarPlay experience to more Tesla vehicles than ever before. According to Gapiński, the 2022.25.1 release provides “100% functional CarPlay integration” for any Tesla, with several new features and bug fixes.
The project now supports DRM video playback, so that apps like Netflix can run normally; supports orientation lock, so apps like Apple Music can start automatically in landscape mode; the bottom layer is now upgraded to Android 12.1 to improve stability and performance.
Gapiński’s CarPlay solution involves using a Rasberry Pi with an LTE modem and Wi-Fi access point, running a custom Android-based firmware, as well as a micro HDMI to HDMI cable and Ethernet cable.
The in-car browser connects to the Rasberry Pi and displays the CarPlay interface on Tesla’s screen, with Apple apps including Maps and Apple Music working as expected. The system works while driving and can also be controlled with the media buttons on the Tesla steering wheel.
Although CarPlay is available on many electric vehicles, Tesla does not offer official support. In 2020, hints that Tesla planned to support Apple Music never materialized, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not respond to a Twitter request for the company to bring CarPlay to its vehicles, despite it being among Tesla owners. One of the most requested features.
At WWDC 2022, Apple previewed “next-generation” CarPlay for compatible vehicles. The next-gen CarPlay experience will support multiple displays within the vehicle, offer built-in climate control to adjust the temperature of the air conditioner or heating within the CarPlay interface, and more.
Apple says the first vehicles to support the new CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with pledged automakers including Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Nissan, Volvo, Porsche and more.
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