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Tesla in-car Browser to be Upgraded to Chromium

It’s likely that the Chromium code will just power Tesla’s upgraded browser, according to the Engadget

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Jeff Solie plugs in his electric car Tesla sedan at his home, in New Berlin, Wis., July 13, 2017. Electric cars are seeing growing support around the world. But there’s a problem: There aren’t enough places to plug those cars in. VOA

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla’s in-car browser is about to get upgraded to Google Chromium, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has announced.

Chromium is the Internet giant’s open-source browser project.

“Tesla has been using the more powerful hardware to make some improvements to its in-car software, but CEO Elon Musk said that the automaker still planned an update to improve the experience of owners with older vehicles, especially the Internet browser.

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A Telsa car recharges at a Tesla charging station in Charlotte, N.C.. VOA

“About a year ago, the company released its first browser update in a long time and it brought slightly better performance, but it still only made it barely usable. Now, Musk says that Tesla is going to soon upgrade the browser using Google’s Chromium,” the Electrek reported late on Friday.

Musk’s tweet however, doesn’t reveal the timeline of the availability on Tesla’s vehicles.

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Also, this doesn’t mean the cars will be getting Chrome; the Chromium project merely generates code for Chrome and other browsers from firms and vendors outside of Google, including Opera.

It’s likely that the Chromium code will just power Tesla’s upgraded browser, according to the Engadget. (IANS)

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Tesla Slams Critic with Restraining Order

The car-maker also claimed that, in February, Hothi struck one of its employees while trespassing and surveilling the company’s Fremont factory and “fled the scene”

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A Telsa car recharges at a Tesla charging station in Charlotte, N.C.. VOA

Electric vehicle (EV)-maker Tesla has slammed Randeep Hothi — one of the short-sellers of the company and also its prominent Twitter critic — with a restraining order on charges of stalking, harassing and endangering company employees.

In its complaint, Tesla claimed that three of its employees who were driving a ‘Model 3’ car on a Bay Area highway last week were pursued by the California resident for about 35 minutes where he drove ahead of, beside and behind the car, swerving dangerously close to the vehicle, The Verge reported on Saturday.

The company also claimed that Hothi even swerved so close to the car that its crash avoidance safety feature was triggered.

While Hothi, under the username @skabooshka, published images of the ‘Model 3’ car on Twitter earlier on April 18, confirming his presence at the scene.

He claimed he saw the car violate speed limits, and noted it performed simple tasks like lane changes, implying Tesla might misrepresent the footage later.

Now in compliance with the restraining order, Hothi is required to stay at least 100 yards away from Tesla’s Fremont factory in California as well as its employees.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

In addition, he also has to stay 10 yards away from any Tesla vehicle with manufacturer plates within five miles of the factory.

The restraining order is effective until May 7, when a hearing is scheduled.

Tesla also took the opportunity to note that Hothi “has a history of trespassing at Tesla’s facilities”. The company said one time Hothi “unlawfully” took photos and videos of Tesla facilities and uploaded them on Twitter.

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The car-maker also claimed that, in February, Hothi struck one of its employees while trespassing and surveilling the company’s Fremont factory and “fled the scene”, the report added.

Later on Saturday, Hothi took to Twitter and wrote to his 6,800 followers – “I will not rest. This is my promise. Tesla is a zero. @elonmusk will go to prison.” (IANS)

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