Polish developer Michał Gapiński has released an improved version of its “Tesla Android Project” which brings Apple’s CarPlay experience to the entire range of the American manufacturer, and not just to the Model 3.
According to a Gapinski’s tweetversion 2022.25.1 provides “100% working CarPlay integration for any Tesla”, and comes with several new features and bug fixes.
What’s new in Tesla Android Project 2022.25.1
In version 2022.25.1, the project now supports DRM video playback for apps like Netflix to work normally, orientation lock for apps like Apple Music to automatically launch in landscape mode, and the hack uses now Android 12.1 for better stability and performance.
How does it work ?
Gapiński’s CarPlay bypass involves using a Rasberry Pi with an LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot, running custom Android-based firmware, along with a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable and an Ethernet cable .
The onboard navigator is used to connect to the Rasberry Pi and bring up the CarPlay interface on the Tesla’s screen, where Apple apps including Maps and Apple Music work as expected. The system works while driving and can also be controlled using the Tesla’s steering wheel media buttons.
Despite the dominance of CarPlay on many electric cars, Tesla still doesn’t offer official support. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is unresponsive to requests on Twitter for the company to bring CarPlay to its vehicles, despite it being one of the most requested features by the brand’s car owners. However, he’s not against bringing CarPlay to Teslas.
When Worldwide Developers Conference 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay for compatible vehicles. The next-generation CarPlay experience will support multiple screens in a vehicle, offer integrated climate controls to adjust the air conditioning or heating temperature in the CarPlay interface, and more like speedometers.
Apple said the first vehicles compatible with CarPlay+ will be announced at the end of 2023. Car manufacturers affected are Audi, Porsche, Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan , Volvo, Renault and others.