Do you want to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your Tesla? here’s how

Tesla electric cars may offer some of the most advanced automotive features, but one feature that’s trickling down to many customers is missing: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Now, if you’re ready to get a little geeky, Polish developer Michał Gapiński has found a way to enable smartphone integration for Tesla owners via a clever hack.

The latest “Tesla Android Project” update brings the Apple CarPlay experience to more Tesla cars than ever before.

After an alpha version went live in April 2022, the current update 2022.25.1 is only the second version. The Raspberry Pi is used in conjunction with an LTE modem, a Geekworm video capture model, a Wi-Fi access point, a microHDMI to HDMI cable and an Ethernet cable to enable connection to the vehicle.

Posting on Twitter regarding the latest version, Gapiński said: “This is a huge release with lots (of) new features and bug fixes that allow 100% working CarPlay integration for any Tesla!

It was unclear which Tesla cars the software update extended the project to, but on the project Twitter account Apparently some Model S and Model X owners have successfully followed the instructions on their website to get it working. Now, it looks like Model 3 and Model Y owners can get in on the action too.

Release notes for the new update include improved audio playback, loading times, error handling, display refresh rate, orientation lock for apps to open in mode landscape and the correct CarPlay screen resolution.

The hack has also been updated to Android 12.1 to improve stability and performance.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can check out the Tesla Android Project website over here.

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