CarPlay on Teslas now available through this workaround

By Kevin Armstrong
Apple's CarPlay running on a Tesla
Apple's CarPlay running on a Tesla
Michał Gapiński/YouTube

Tesla don't include Apple CarPlay integration for a variety of reasons, but you can now add CarPlay and Android Auto to any Tesla through a homemade solution. Michał Gapiński released the second version of his workaround, the Tesla Android Project.

In February, the Polish developer first demonstrated a hack allowing CarPlay and Android Auto in Teslas. It was difficult to tell exactly how he did it, but now he has created a new video showing off his latest version, complete with a website listing what is needed and how to do it.

However, if your tech-savvy ends at downloading apps or wiggling the cables, this is not for you. Gapiński included a shopping list of items required, including a Raspberry Pi, a series of small single-board computers, an LTE modem, a mini fan, something called a Geekworm TC358743XBG HDMI-CSI-2 for video, and the list goes on. Then you get into the 15-step process to make this work.

According to its creator, this method is a simplified way to encourage more people to use the workaround. The website states, "The main objective for this release has been simple: usability. For the project to scale and become popular in the Tesla community, it needs to provide a responsive Android experience. Otherwise, people won't use it."

The pay-off appears to be worth becoming tech savvy. Gapiński uploaded a 6-minute video (below) demonstrating the newest version of his work.

He says he has reduced some of the components, and the installation guide should allow users to be up and running "in a matter of minutes." The video shows Apple Music playing, maps routing to destinations and YouTube playing - even when the Model 3 is not in park.

This latest version comes just days after Elon Musk made several critical assessments of the current Tesla software, calling the browser trash and saying that Tesla can do better with the user interface.

It also comes just weeks after Apple revealed a significantly improved CarPlay at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference. The redesigned CarPlay appears much more customizable, and it's said to seamlessly integrate into vehicles instead of having a CarPlay window take over the screen.

Apple shows off the new CarPlay coming next year
Apple shows off the new CarPlay coming next year
Apple

During Apple's WWDC, the company stated that CarPlay is a must-have feature for people who are car shopping. According to Apple, 79 percent of buyers in the United States would only consider a vehicle that is CarPlay-capable. Well, good news for those shoppers, it appears Gapiński has just made Teslas CarPlay-capable.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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