Elon Musk, PayPal founder and CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, has announced that the first models of his Tesla's Model S electric car will use Google Chrome as its default browser, and will include an Android emulator by 2014.
The South African-cum-American business magnate, investor, and inventor said during a recent speech to employees and customers at a Tesla service centre in Germany that he plans to include Google Chrome as the system's default browser by late 2014.
The car's 17in capacitive touchscreen display and "infotainment" system currently runs on Linux, but Tesla is considering adding an Android emulator in the future.
The system can be used to surf the Internet, stream videos, make phone calls and play music, as well as for navigation. It will be open to third-party apps by the end of 2014.
Currently, the two-panel user interface (UI) can be used to navigate and control music at the same time. It can also display a graph of the car's energy consumption and live views from the rear-view camera.
The Tesla Model S has a high-output electric inverter that can propel the car from zero to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds, and has an estimated 265 miles of range delivered by its enormous 85kWh .
In the same presentation, Musk slammed the prospect of hydrogen fuel cells powering the cars of the future.
Hydrogen is "suitable for rockets," he said, "but not for cars."
He went on to describe fuel cell technology as "bullsh*t", adding that "they don't really believe it... it's like a marketing thing."
Musk hit headlines recently for releasing his designs for a concept he calls "Hyperloop", an electromagnetic tube that could transport passengers at 700mph and run entirely on solar energy.
The base Model S starts at $69,900 (£43,258) and reaches well over $100,000 (£61,887) fully-equipped. With 4,900 cars, the Model S ranked as the top selling plug-in electric car in North America during the first quarter of 2013.
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