With Tesla cars featuring huge displays for its infotainment system, it feels like it would be perfect for platforms like Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto. However, CarPlay isn’t supported by Tesla and we’re not sure if there are plans to ever make it an option for customers, but that did not stop one developer from trying.
Polish developer Michał Gapiński decided that instead of waiting to see if Tesla would eventually add support for CarPlay, he decided to do it himself. What’s interesting is that how Gapiński achieved this was by taking a Raspberry Pi running on a custom build of Android, so in a way it’s kind of ironic that this workaround actually uses everything except Apple’s own products or services.
However, it should be noted that this isn’t the most ideal of setups. This is because the project is still in the early stages of development and so far, one of the main limitations is that he has to use a mouse connected to the Raspberry Pi in order to navigate the CarPlay interface, which kind of defeats the entire purpose of CarPlay to begin with.
The good news is that according to Gapiński, there are plans to eventually share his workaround once it is polished. We have no idea when that will be, but it might be something that Tesla owners with an iPhone can look forward to in the future if they don’t mind tinkering around.