Hacker Runs Apple CarPlay On A Tesla Screen

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That must have taken some serious coding skills.

Apple recently announced a new CarPlay version that can take over a car's entire dashboard. But of course, Tesla was not listed among the automakers that will receive the tech. No Tesla vehicle has ever included CarPlay support, reportedly because company CEO Elon Musk had a feud with Apple's Tim Cook. Though many owners would like to have CarPlay in their vehicles, it seems unlikely that Tesla will ever cave-in and allow Apple to take over its screens. Salvation has arrived though, as a new home-brew method to access CarPlay in a Tesla is now available.

Demonstrated on a Tesla Model 3, a web-based application called Tesla Android allows users to turn their screen into a functioning Android tablet even while driving. This tablet can also project Apple CarPlay onto the Tesla screen. The first Alpha version was published six months ago, and now a second release (called version 2022.25.1) is available.

Michal Gapinski / YouTube
Michal Gapinski / YouTube
Michal Gapinski / YouTube

Tesla Android says this new version is "packed with new features and bug fixes." Most are stability improvements that are shown in the included hands-on demonstration video. The video clearly shows functional CarPlay in a real Model 3, including Apple Music and Apple Maps. Tesla Android even includes a few features that aren't available on traditional CarPlay, including lyrics on Apple Music. Though the demonstration is done on a Model 3, the creators say this software will work on an Tesla vehicle, including the vertically-oriented Model S and Model X screens.

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Michal Gapinski / YouTube
Michal Gapinski / YouTube
Michal Gapinski / YouTube

Unfortunately, getting this to work on your Tesla vehicle is more complicated than typing an address into the web browser. Tesla Android has an install guide on its website, which involves a USB LTE stick, HDMI capture interface, two Raspberry Pi boards, and obviously some basic coding experience. A tech-savvy person should be able to do the installation, but this is not something the average owner should attempt by themselves or that we recommend. But if you've been craving Apple CarPlay in your Tesla vehicle, it's finally possible if you dare.

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