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This Hack Lets You Add Apple CarPlay To Your Tesla
While Tesla drivers wait for the inclusion of Apple’s CarPlay, Polish developer Michal Gapinski shared details of their project called “Tesla Android” that introduced the feature to a Tesla Model 3 using a custom build of Android 12 running on a Raspberry Pi with a connected LTE modem. The project is publicly available on GitHub and currently in its alpha stage.
The official website lists all the hardware requirements, including a Raspberry Pi 4 with at least 4 gigs of RAM for running Android, another Raspberry Pi (at least version 3) that boots Linux to handle networking, an HDMI capture module, an LTE modem, and ethernet cables. While the components are relatively easy to source, tinkering with the software is not for the faint of heart.
Daring souls should download the Tesla Android Project source code from GitHub, followed by ADB installation and flashing a custom image to an SD card. Once the primary Raspberry Pi 4 board with the SD card is connected and the bootloader pops up, users need to verify the pairing via a fastboot command manually — but that’s only the beginning of a lengthy process.
Once CarPlay is installed, users might come across some lag that can be overcome by overclocking the Raspberry Pi module running Android. The developer has promised to fix some of the limitations in future builds of the Tesla Android Project kit — and until Tesla releases official support with a software update, this might be the best alternative available.