Apple CarPlay is now available for Tesla cars — but only for owners who want to turn to a workaround that uses a connected Raspberry Pi.


Faced with Tesla’s apparent indifference to repeated calls to bring “CarPlay” to its cars, Polish developer Michał Gapiński demonstrated success in bringing Apple’s in-car system to the Tesla Model 3 earlier this year. As noted before North TeslaAfter six months of work, Gapiński has now released the first publicly available alpha version of “Tesla Android” on Github for others to download and try.

The workaround includes 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 and Ethernet cable. As shown in a YouTube video, the in-vehicle browser is used to connect to the Rasberry Pi and display the “CarPlay” interface on the Tesla screen, where Apple apps including Maps and “Apple Music” work as expected. The system works while driving, and can also be controlled using the media buttons on the Tesla’s steering wheel.

Gapiński says that the main goal of the latest alpha release was usability. “For the project to expand and become popular in the Tesla community, it must provide a responsive Android experience. Otherwise, people will not use it,” it says on its Tesla Android Project website.

“At the moment, the focus is beginning to shift toward better integration and simplification,” Gapiński continues. Dropping the requirements for panels will help reduce the cost and barrier to entry by reducing the installation guide to something that can be done in a matter of minutes.

Despite the predominance of “CarPlay” over many other electric vehicles, Tesla does not offer official support. Hints in 2020 that Tesla was planning to support Apple Music didn’t come to fruition, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn’t seem to be responding Twitter requests For the company to bring “CarPlay” to its cars, despite it being one of the most requested features among Tesla owners.

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