One of the key features of recent Tesla vehicles is the massive, mid-size touchscreen. It acts as the main control center for the car with media controls, live camera feeds, maps, settings, and more. For some reason, there is also a web browser that will soon be replaced by a version with Chromium – the open source version of Google Chrome.

Answering questions on Twitter, Tesla boss Elon Musk revealed that the car is in the car web browser is "about to upgrade to Chromium". In other words, the browser has the same rendering engine as Chrome, Opera and Samsung Internet.

The current web browser uses a slightly newer version of the WebKit engine. So it's not clear if users notice a noticeable difference. This may open the media playback door while the car is parked, as Chromium supports more video and audio codecs than WebKit, including VP8 / VP9.

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