Tesla Apple CarPlay Hack Updated To Operate With Any Tesla Model

Micha Gapiski, a Polish developer, has published an updated version of his “Tesla Android Project,” 

According to Gapiski, version 2022.25.1 includes “100% functional CarPlay integration for any Tesla” as well as several new features and bug fixes.

The project supports DRM video playback, allowing apps like Netflix and Google Maps to function normally; an orientation lock, which forces apps like Apple Music to launch in landscape mode; and the hack now runs on Android 12.1 for improved stability and performance.

Gapiski’s CarPlay workaround includes using a Rasberry Pi with an LTE modem and a Wi-Fi access point, as well as a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable and an Ethernet cable.

The in-car browser connects to the Rasberry Pi and displays the CarPlay interface on the Tesla’s screen, where Apple apps such as Maps and Apple Music work as expected. 

The system operates while driving and is also controllable via the media buttons on the Tesla steering wheel. Despite the prevalence of CarPlay on many electric vehicles, Tesla does not provide official support. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not respond to Twitter requests for the company to bring CarPlay to its vehicles, despite it being one of the most-requested features among Tesla owners, and hints in 2020 that Tesla was planning to support Apple Music never came to fruition.

Apple previewed the “next generation” of CarPlay for compatible vehicles at the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2022. The next-generation CarPlay experience will support multiple displays within a vehicle, as well as built-in climate controls for adjusting the temperature of the A/C or heat from within the CarPlay interface.

Apple has stated that the first vehicles to support the new CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with automakers such as Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Nissan, Volvo, Porsche, and others committing to it.

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