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Would you 'root' a Tesla to get Android Auto support?
As we all know, Tesla runs a version of Linux on both the entertainment computer and the drive control MCU. The Model S and X have been 'rooted' ( i.e. superuser access, which allows modifications to the operating system and software ) for a while now... both the Tegra ARM based one, and the new Intel based systems.
On the Model 3, with only the center display, all the functions of the Tesla are basically run through a single program. It's one big "app", that acts partially like a window management system, and partially as a fully integrated control system.
Because of the way the software is architected, it -may- be possible to run a program and integrate it into the console software. Kind of like installing a 'rooted' app into an Android phone. Because it's Linux, it should be possible to integrate Android Auto into the software load.
( As it turns out, the Model 3, the Model X, and the Model S all actually run pretty much the same software -- just with different features enabled. Some features are hidden in the 3, like the browser... but the software is still hiding in there, and could be activated by changing a configuration. Some people have managed to accidentally activate some of the S features in the 3 while playing around with the interface.... )
So -- knowing that it might cause Telsa to raise their eyebrows, or not update your car automatically -- would you risk 'rooting' your car to unlock some of the undocumented potential in your car?