Technology has advanced so much that today we have smart driving systems for cars that we can access through the phone itself, such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. However, one of the most popular brands today does not allow the use of these applications. That’s right, Elon Musk’s Tesla has its own software and restricts the use of these official alternatives, since there are somewhat rudimentary methods, but they will allow you to drive with the app you were used to.
Although it is somewhat complex and you need some technological knowledge to carry out this way to use Android Auto or CarPlay in a Tesla, although we are going to try to explain it to you in the most detailed and understandable way. There is an option that will be more expensive and you will avoid all this procedure, so you choose when you know both options.
Tesla Android Project: transform your car
Among the different existing alternatives to drive your Tesla with Android Auto or CarPlay is Tesla Android Project. This method is made possible by the Polish programmer known as Michał Gapiński, who has found a way to unlock the system of Elon Musk’s cars to access third party content. Despite the name of the project, it has also confirmed that this trick works for the Apple app.
But starting to use Android Auto is not as easy as it seems. The first thing you should keep in mind is that there are certain requirements that are essential: A Raspberry Pi 4 with at least 4 GB of RAM, an HDMI module to capture the image, a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, a USB-A/USB-C connector, an LTE modem, and a computer that serves as a terminal.
It is quite likely that you do not have each and every one of the necessary elements, so you can choose to buy them separately or access the official Tesla Android Project platform, but the problem is that the total price of the pack with all peripherals necessary exceeds 250 euros. If you have money to spare and it is not a problem for you, it is a good option to get everything in one go.
You have to have knowledge
Although it is not enough to have the necessary equipment. The process is only suitable for those with the sufficient digital knowledge and also for those who are not afraid of the Tesla car’s screen being rendered useless, which would leave you without Android Auto, CarPlay and even your own software. It’s up to you if you want to take the risk, since the project is not approved and it is not an official method, which means that there is no guarantee or insurance that can cover it, but the Polish developer claims otherwise.
If you successfully install the Google and Apple navigation systems, it will be possible to installation of other apps and even games. We at MovilZona recommend making responsible use of this practice and playing only when you are not driving, such as while you are waiting for someone to pick you up. The steps are explained clearly and in detail on the project website, although it may be complex for the average user. So it is better that you follow the official instructions so as not to get lost among them.