Australian Tesla owners will finally be able to enjoy some in-car browsing... when the car is stopped.
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Mobile phones are huge nowadays but sometimes you just want to view a website on a bigger screen, and a Tesla’s touch screen certainly dwarfs your phone.

To satisfy those of you who want to browse the internet in your Tesla, the company is deploying an over-the-air software update that’ll allow Aussie owners to do just that. The functionality was previously available only in overseas markets.

The update will be applied across all Tesla vehicles in Australia, even those without the Premium Connectivity package. Once updated, you’ll be able to surf the web but only when your Tesla is in Park.

Like a web browser on your mobile, you’ll be able to enter a search term or a URL into the address bar to navigate to a website. If you want to bookmark a website – might I suggest CarAdvice.com? – click on the heart icon to add it to your favourites.

Tesla upgraded its cars’ browser to Chromium with the 2019.12 software update earlier this year. Chromium is an open-source web browser developed by Google and forms the basis of the popular Google Chrome desktop and mobile application.

The previous browser used a modified version of Apple’s WebKit. It was commonly criticised by Tesla owners for being slow and not loading some websites correctly.