Tesla Chromium – Dubbed the “ancestor of Chrome,” and in a way, this is accurate, since the latter has been augmented with proprietary code from Google. Chromium remains incredibly relevant until today, with an open source project dubbed Chromium OS being the foundation of Chrome OS, the operating system that powers Google’s ubiquitous Chromebooks.
Tesla’s in-car internet browser has been one of the most neglected features inside Tesla vehicles, but CEO Elon Musk has been promising to improve it recently and now he says that they are upgrading the internet browser with Google’s Chromium.
Last year, Tesla upgraded its onboard media computer in new Model S and Model X vehicles and now owners have been experiencing a significantly more responsive center display.
Tesla has been using the more powerful hardware to make some improvements to its in-car software, but CEO Elon Musk said that the automaker still planned an update to improve the experience of owners with older vehicles, especially the internet browser.
The browser was extremely slow and would often not render websites properly. It was so bad that less than 30% of Tesla drivers reportedly use their in-car internet browser.
Tesla was first planning an update for December 2016, but it has been pushed back on several occasions as the company focused on Autopilot 2.0 and Model 3 software.
About a year ago, the company released its first browser update in a long time and it brought slightly better performance, but it still only made it barely usable.
The arrival of Chromium would most likely result in an improved web experience for Tesla owners, which will all but establish the company’s electric cars as among the most advanced tech devices in the world, bar none. There’s just something paradoxical about the Model S being one of the most technologically advanced machines on the road being relatively slow to load web pages, but with Chromium in the picture, this paradox will most certainly get addressed.
A fast, stable web browser will likely be a key feature for Tesla when it starts rolling out the functions of its Full Self-Driving suite. With drivers not actively operating the vehicle, activities such as web browsing will most definitely be prevalent for drivers and passengers alike. A browser that is worthy of Tesla’s tech will be key to this end