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Worthless internet browser?

Do you use the internet browser on a regular basis?

  • No

    Votes: 128 78.0%
  • Yes

    Votes: 36 22.0%

  • Total voters
    164

Drone Flyer

Active Member
Feb 22, 2016
1,127
587
Canada
The internet browser is embarrassing. I had stopped trying to do anything with it a few months back, and went back to it briefly yesterday and couldn't get anything to load. Does anyone use it for anything regularly?
It makes a nice bright screen to help light up the cabin. That's about it!
 
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Safety Score of 96
Jul 15, 2016
2,919
5,638
Pacific Northwest
Browser is perfectly fine.

Works well for me.
My bookmarks include.

1. Weather.

2. Ontario wind power generation 10 hour prediction (I choose which day I charge nearly full depending on amount of available excess wind power).

3. Plugshare (the specific Tesla version)

4. Waze (see thread elsewhere on this site, SUPER useful, works perfectly)

5. Weather alerts (more specific than weather, goes straight to alert page)

6. Twitter feed with #tesla tag search

7. CBC mobile news

The list goes on.
Sure, major sites with ads and overbuilt javascript don't run so hot, but I avoid those on my phone let alone in my car.
I think it's usable, but it doesn't remember login name and passwords, so that affects it's usability the most. It's seriously primitive, but it is usable to some extent. It won't play any videos or audio. My favorite use for it is this: Starfield Simulation - Fun Tesla Screen I don't think you can call that worthless, can you? LOL, the graphics look way better viewing this on my ten year old PC, than they do on my one year old Tesla's center screen. Oh well, luckily not being able to order my car from it wasn't a deal breaker.
 
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tccartier

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Oct 27, 2015
989
1,038
AZ.
Well comparing it to all other cars currently available that have an integrated web browser in the touchscreen on the dash I'd say it works fairly well. Understanding of course that web browsing is not the core function of the MCU. But it can come in handy when all else fails, or when you have the time..

I find it I use it to catch up on news and emails and such generally while waiting at a supercharger
 

HankLloydRight

No Roads
Supporting Member
Jan 18, 2014
13,100
11,372
Connecticut
I think it's usable, but it doesn't remember login name and passwords, so that affects it's usability the most. It's seriously primitive, but it is usable to some extent. It won't play any videos or audio. My favorite use for it is this: Starfield Simulation - Fun Tesla Screen I don't think you can call that worthless, can you? LOL, the graphics look way better viewing this on my ten year old PC, than they do on my one year old Tesla's center screen. Oh well, luckily not being able to order my car from it wasn't a deal breaker.

I forgot all about those when I sold my P85+
Fun Tesla Screens, Dashboards, Valet Messages & More

Thanks for the reminder!
 
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Chaserr

Hyperactive Hyperdrive
Sep 5, 2017
2,666
6,523
Logan
The browser is years behind in security updates. I honestly think the only way it is going to be updated is when a tetherless "hackMyTesla.com" website exploit appears, that either takes control of your car's autopilot, or enables things like autopilot and battery caps without paying for it. There's been no follow through on the promised updates, so nothing short of bad press or financial motivation is going to make this change.

or, maybe there is a merge with the 9.0 or whatever version of the OS we've seen running in the Model 3, Roadster, and Semi coming. That looks drastically different, so maybe they started over with that build - it would explain why we haven't had our big 2017 update liek was common around October in years past.
 

BrokerDon

Active Member
Aug 23, 2014
1,419
1,348
Newport Coast, CA
Browser is perfectly fine.

Works well for me.
My bookmarks include.

1. Weather.

2. Ontario wind power generation 10 hour prediction (I choose which day I charge nearly full depending on amount of available excess wind power).

3. Plugshare (the specific Tesla version)

Tesla.PlugShare.com is currently down for renovations to resolve incompatibility issues between Google Maps and the current Tesla Web Browser.

In the meantime please use the PlugShare Android or iOS apps available for free on the Play Store and Apple App Store.

We look forward to bringing you an updated site soon.

-The PlugShare Team
 

FlatSix911

Porsche 918 Hybrid
Jun 15, 2015
7,037
7,046
Silicon Valley
Tesla Waze is full time on my browser screen.
Best...App...Ever :cool:
Tesla Traffic Incidents and Information
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Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
733
Midwest
It’s utterly useless.

It loads pages so slow like dial-up speeds.
It’s not as responsive as my iPhone. Very laggy, well the whole UI is actually.
Doesn’t play YouTube videos.

Not sure what the point was to add a browser in the first place.
 

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