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What do you use the web browser for?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Cooksomerice, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Cooksomerice

    Cooksomerice Member

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    I believe we can all agree the in car browser has limit functionality, mostly due to SOS and speed of browser, but what do you use it for?

    I've kept score updates up during gameday.
    I've pulled lyrics up and zoomed large enough to sing along as AP drives me to work.

    Beyond that, not seeing much else to do.

    Anyone else?
     
  2. NOLA_Mike

    NOLA_Mike Grouchy

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    I use it to pull up weather radar while traveling.
     
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  3. wycolo

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    With no Navigation option (and no desire for same) Google Maps can be summoned directly from the menu bar. Car's position is there as a red pointer so one can easily plan where to go. Need to stop the car to do this of course. High definition quality.
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  4. Barry

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    Absolutely nothing! I once tried to google a store to find the phone number, but it was so slow, I used my cellphone instead.
     
  5. msnow

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    I use this (Waze for Tesla) all the time. It gives you info on police, traffic accidents, construction, weather radar, wind and wind direction. Put this in your Tesla browser, adjust the settings the way you want then save it as a Favorite.
    Waze for Tesla Incidents

    Support here:
    View Waze Incidents on the Tesla browser
     
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  6. Lump

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    +1
    Waze For Tesla, other then that browser is pretty much useless, I just use my iPhone.
     
  7. NOLA_Mike

    NOLA_Mike Grouchy

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    Anybody holding out hope for significant improvement based on this?

    Screenshot 2016-12-01 08.18.25.png
     
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  8. Lump

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    Nope, sure performance gains & maybe a couple new features like remembering passwords but still a disappointment, I mistakenly expected so much more from Tesla over the past +3 years.
     
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    +1 Waze!
    With such a nice,big screen in a Tesla I still end up using my phone. Really I only use the Nav. for a back-up because it's there and for the range % or looking for a supercharger.
    Browser? Too frustrating waiting for sites to load up but I do use it as my wife drags me places that I end up waiting in the car :)
     
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  10. GarrickS

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    Showing people, "Look! There's even a web browser in here!"
     
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  11. kavyboy

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    I look up other cars I see on the road or in parking lots. I'm not a car guy, so I don't know anything about the price or performance of other cars. I also use it to check flight status while I'm waiting to pick people up at the airport.
     
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  12. Krypto Kat

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    and you bought a Tesla..??:cool:

    Any news on android auto / mirror link to make use of that screen.?
     
  13. msnow

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    Expecting improvement but not "significant". I still think security and content filtering will slow it down but that's to be expected.
     
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  14. NOLA_Mike

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    That's about my expectation as well.

    My general feeling is that many programmers and coders have gotten so lazy that badly coded web pages (data hogs) are acceptable because the majority are viewing them on fast connections.
     
  15. AmpedRealtor

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    I don't use the browser for anything. If I want to use a browser, I whip out my iPhone.
     
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  16. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    You're obviously doing it wrong.






    Should be an Android.
     
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  17. Lloyd

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    When looking for a new home, it is really cool to drive to a home for sale, pull up the MLS, and see the inside of the home all from the street! You can see a LOT of homes quickly without messing with and coordinating with agents.
     
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    #18 msnow, Dec 1, 2016
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    See @AmpedRealtor, you are missing out on business opportunities. :)
     
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    In order of frequency:
    1. Demoing to people that "there's a web browser in my car! (But it's kinda slow.)"
    2. Showing people the supercharger network by loading supercharge.info.
    3. Using Waze for Tesla.
     
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    #20 scottm, Dec 1, 2016
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    I use the browser... or rather... my rear passengers (kids) use the browser via a remote USB mouse... to navigate wiki's on the cities, towns, and locations we're traveling through... They read aloud points of interest, facts, sights to see... that we may want to see along the way. ..in advance of actually being there so we can route plan.

    It's like having a tour guide everywhere you go... and sometimes surprising to reveal what's along the way you've traveled your whole life but never took the time to learn about. Very educational for the kids / whole family. They have more fun (free reign over navigating the brower) doing this, than poking their noses into their personal devices in the rear seat. It's very engaging and social.

    Plus the added benefit is... I have TOTAL VOICE COMMAND over EVERYTHING on the console when they have the mouse back there. I just say to do something I want on the console, and poke poke it's done ... my eyes don't leave the road. My voiced cue I want something done is just blurt out "Siri..." and what follows, they do. The car takes care of "navigate" "call" and "play".... the kids do all the rest.
     
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