There are plenty of useful and well-thought-out features on Tesla’s 17-in touchscreen, but the internet browser is not one of them. For years now, we have been used to high-speed internet browsing on our laptops, desktop and now even or phones, but Tesla’s browser is so slow that it feels like it’s from another era.
Model S and X owners have been asking for an update to the browser for a long time and unfortunately, it didn’t come with the recent 8.0 update, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk said yesterday that it will with an upcoming update, which will likely be in December.
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Tesla’s operating system is built on a modified version of Linux Ubuntu. Musk says that Tesla aims to upgrade the Linux OS to 4.4 in Tesla vehicles in December. That’s when he expects they will be able to update the browser.
The CEO made the comment yesterday on Twitter in response to a user asking for an updated browser:
“When we upgrade the core Linux OS to 4.4, which is probably December”
Tesla’s OS is running on two NVIDIA Tegra processors in the vehicle’s Media Control Unit (MCU) and Instrument Cluster (IC).
When Tesla introduced the software update version 8.0 last month, we asked Musk if Tesla was reaching the limit of the car’s processing power and he confirmed that it was the case. Tesla is expected to keep pushing over-the-air updates to its fleet, but there are always hardware limitations and vehicles currently on the road have started reaching them.
But for the updated browser, it is expected to benefit every Tesla owners.