This Week in Tesla: Android Auto Works in Teslas, 1,000,000th Battery Pack Produced
By: Charlie O'Mara
Android Auto Now Works in Teslas -
For a while now, one of the most requested features by Tesla owners has been Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in Teslas. In the past, the main constraint was that the screens in Teslas were vertical, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are designed for horizontal screens. Now that the screens are horizontal in all Tesla models currently in production, the main thing holding Tesla back from integrating the smartphone compatible systems is that Tesla prefers that owners use their own proprietary user interface. Through an app on the Google Play store called TeslAA owners can use Android Auto in their Teslas via the web browser in the car. While most owners will likely opt to continue using the built in user interface, this seems like a good option for those who really like the integration between their phone and their car.
1,000,00th Battery Pack Produced -
This week, Tesla employees at the Gigafactory Nevada confirmed that the factory recently produced their one millionth battery pack ever, a huge accomplishment. It seems that the one million figure comes from only Model 3 and Model Y sales, not Model S and X. Tesla’s vision for the Gigafactory was somewhat novel at its time of conception, and now serves as a model for battery pack production across the industry. Although the building is only 30% of the size that it was originally planned to be, Tesla and Panasonic have worked together to optimize the production to a point of great efficiency.