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Tesla CEO Wants to Bring Android Emulator to Model S, Upgrade Browser to Chrome

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Speaking in Munich recently, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was asked about where mobile developers will fit in on the Model S’ software side of things. The car features a gorgeous 17″ touchscreen display in the dash, and as of right now, there are a few basic apps like maps and other vehicle controls built in, but the CEO has much bigger plans. 

According to Musk, once the browser for the car has been upgraded to Google’s Chrome, then the company would like to build in an Android emulator, basically allowing any developers to run their Android applications inside of the car. That’s right, Angry Birds in the Tesla. He was hesitant on giving any specific use cases for having an Android app running on your car, but we are sure there are plenty.

Skip to 37:01 to hear Elon’s response to Android apps in the Model S.


Via: 9to5 Google

  • Detroit Dre

    Overpriced firestarter. The only way this uompany is surviving is with taxpayer support. I guehs whe companies cant compete they get goverment handouts. And the goverment is greaat picking winners. Hey GM made $4billion! Great, they defauteuon all bondholder debt, never paid back $42billion in taxpayer dollars, lined the inions pockets, still put out crap and will be back begging for money now that the only way they sell cars is by financing subprime loans for most of their sales. Loans that will never be paid back.

  • Cowboydroid

    I am a big opponent of soft controls in a vehicle. Vehicles still need knobs and buttons as long as human beings are driving them. I want to know that my input is being processed without having to stare at a screen while I’m driving. Touchscreens are fine as long as your looking at it. I don’t want to have to guess where to press while my eyes are focused on the road in front of me.

    • WeaponZero

      They have knobs and buttons on the wheel. Most common stuff are controlled on the wheel.

    • Chris

      As said bellow, the wheel. has the buttons for voice control, volume control etc. Evne some Ford cars have a secondary screen in the dash where you control whats on the bigger screen to the right via the steraring wheel.

      • Cowboydroid

        Yes, I know the wheel has buttons. But it usually only has about half the functions that one uses. Climate control is a major function that gets left off the wheel.

        For example, BMW has a knob on the console that controls input for the display. Much more comfortable as one doesn’t have to reach to a screen to input commands, and the screen stays relatively closer to the line of sight while driving, which is much safer.

        • WeaponZero

          Climate control is on the Tesla wheel.

          • Cowboydroid

            I wasn’t aware of that. Thank you.

  • WCM3

    My favorite part is the guy asked about iphones and Elon went right to Google Chrome, emulator, etc. Love that guy..

  • Dave

    Just look for the guy with fully dilated pupils when he gets out….

  • LionStone

    Tesla just rocks, that is all.

  • W. Paul Schenck

    I think I want this to be my next nexus device. Wonder how soon they will bring it to market?

  • i want to dock my android phone into my car and have a 7-10 inch touchscreen activated with google maps, music, pandora, etc. chrome would be nice too!

    • Bigsike

      See my post above.

      • Where? I can’t find it

        • Bigsike

          Pioneer Appradio 2/3 and the ARLiberator app

  • Rand Paul 2016

    This is how I roll 1st Gen Nexus 7 with remote and tethered to my Gnex.

    • Steve B

      Very nice. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but there’s little solid info out there about which components to use. I see some have some success, but others run into a lot of issues. Care to list the components you’re using?

      • Rand Paul 2016

        There are a few ways to do it but here is your nickel tour.
        Tablet to line driver (Audiocontrol 3.1) to rca to small 4 channel amp to door speakers. You need the line driver to keep the voltage/audio signal “clean/good”.

        I use tasker to run all actions by “plug in” method. So when the key is on the tablet has power. And when the key is off the tablet has no power and goes into sleep mode (airplane mode, screen off etc.) The tablet has never lost more than ten percent of its battery due to cold weather sitting all weekend (in Ohio).

        The remote (bluetooth) works great for volume, changing songs, and home screen shortcut.

        My tablet is “locked in” so sync my music over my home wifi using winamp.

        If you want the best sound (BASS) from your music use Jet Audio App.

        You just need a little car audio know how and patience making your mounting bracket for the tablet. You don’t want it to look cheezy.

    • thats so awesome. i’d do it if my gnex didnt drop signal every 5 mins

    • Inspector Butters

      how did you make the bezel around it?

      • Rand Paul 2016

        Depends on the vehicle. Mine 2006 Sonata, I used a double din mounting kit made for my car and modded/strapping/clamped the N7 to it. The hazard/seat belt panels help cover the ends of the N7. A dremal will be handy.

    • droidrazredge

      Is the N7 permanently embedded into the car system or can you remove it? The reason I am asking is because I would like to know how the device gets its charge. On a side note, I know you’re using the N7(2012) but this would make the N7( 2013) LTE version actually worth buying because of the internet capabilities for the car over the WiFi version.

      • Rand Paul 2016

        I wouldn’t say permanently but it’s not easily accessible, a piece of trim and a few screws. It doesn’t need any maintenance, besides syncing over wifi. I would tether from your phone if you can so you can take advantage of 3g data too, (not sure if N7 LTE has 3g too). Also who wants another data plan. I hooked a this http://www.amazon.com/PowerGen-charger-Designed-Android-Devices/dp/B0088U6OZY to a cigarette plugin and wired it to a powered accessory wire (Used a wiring harness for after market stereo and plugged it into the factory radio harness). That way the tablet turns on and off with the key. I need to post a video soon.

      • Rand Paul 2016

        On another note you may want to avoid the N7 2013 because of this http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2383248 I thought about getting one of the new kindles and putting a rom on it. GL

    • Michael Mirabella

      Nice!! I just did a 7″ dual din touchscreen w/ dvd,nav,sd slot,etc.in my 2006 Sonata. This is what I should have done

      • Rand Paul 2016

        Thanks Michael, I used a dash kit from http://www.metraonline.com/ and it fits snug and clean but the unit is kind of glossy black and the seat belt and hazard are kind of matte finish.. I plan on making a video this weekend and will reply to you wi th link

        • twiz0r

          AWESOME. If you could link me to the video also that would be great (I have an 09)

        • Michael Mirabella

          That would be fantastic! Thanks

      • Rand Paul 2016

        As mentioned below the appradio 2 and 3 with the arliborator app is a cool option and easier option too.

    • terrorist96

      Thumbs up for your username/avatar 🙂

    • shaylynnvacca321

      my Aunty Sienna recently got a year old Jaguar only from working off
      a home computer… Recommended Reading J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

    • Riz Virani

      Can you show me a how-to on how to do this.. Please..

  • Alex Goings

    Other car manufacturers need to step it up too!

    • Shane Redman

      everythings so iCentered…

      • Alex Goings

        Yeah, Chevy now has siri integration and it hurts. I am a big GM fan and it makes me sad. And it doesn’t make sense to do apple integration when you look at the marketshare….

        • Shane Redman

          It does when you look at American Marketshare??? idk, just a thought

          • Alex Goings

            Yes in the american market either way would make sense, but Chevy is a global brand.

          • Dave

            Apple has a 15.8% global market share.

          • Alex Goings


          • gtg465x

            Exactly. Android is dominating overall if you look at the entire world, but in the United States I believe there are still more iPhone sales than Android sales, surprisingly.

          • Shawn Custer

            Actually, Android has the US as well. Not by as big of a margin though.. Android has 52% while Apple has 41% I believe were the last numbers I saw.

  • panicswhenubered

    I love the idea of a Linux or Android powered connected infotainment system in a car, especially with 17″ display. But having sat in a Model S and played with the infotainment system, the user-interface, ugly graphics, and general layout of the center stack is absolutely horrible. It’s a great idea, they just need to work on design aesthetics.

    • WeaponZero

      I hope your kidding? You must be in the minority but most people find the user interface pleasing and intuitive. Watch the Consumer Reports interview and they explain how well done it is.

      • panicswhenubered

        Why would I worry about Consumer Reports’ opinion when I’ve already used the product?

        • WeaponZero

          To translate for you: You have no taste.

          • panicswhenubered

            To translate for you: We have different opinions.

          • WeaponZero

            I guess I have to spell it out for you. Yes we have a difference of opinion. But the majority of the population thinks the UI is intuitive and aesthetically pleasing.

            Since your not one of them, it means you have no taste in aesthetics.

            That is what no taste essentially means, that your tastes differ from the majority.

          • Cowboydroid

            Seriously? Did you just try to assert that majority opinion is what determines taste in aesthetics?

          • WeaponZero

            Yes. I work in market research so collecting and analyzing people’s opinions is what I do.

          • Cowboydroid

            Majority opinion does not define taste. Taste is subjective. The average person is not a designer, and thus does not have the time or effort to learn why things are designed the way they are, or what properties a well-designed thing should have. Designers don’t rely on popular opinion in designing, they rely on their own intuition, analysis, and expertise about what good design is.

          • WeaponZero

            Majority opinion does define taste. That is just how it is. If it was so simple as a designer gets the final word then everything made by a designer will always be well designed. Obviously that is not the case.

            But if it helps you feel better, the Tesla dashboard is well received among designers as well.

          • Cowboydroid

            The majority of people do not have taste. Just look at the way the average American clothes themselves. If everyone already had taste, we’d have no need for designers.

            I think you’re trying to conflate taste, which is subjective itself, with majority appeal, which is what sells. Good taste does not always sell well.

          • WeaponZero

            People clothing themselves differ and for a differ and for a reason. I will use myself as an example, I used to do a lot of design work. Designing websites and graphics. But what I wear was nothing to write home about. And it had nothing to do with cost or taste. It has to do with me not caring what I wear and not wanting to stand out.

            That is why there is a thing called wearing things on the occasion. Just because a person is wearing something does not mean they think what they are wearing looks good or awesome. Most people you ask will tell you what their are wearing is either: “ok”,”acceptable”,”Don’t care, took whatever”.

            As for why we need designers is obvious. There is a fine line between wearing cloth that look good and designing cloth that look good. This is why when I visited websites I could tell you in a minute if the website has a good design or not. But it took me hours and sometimes days if not weeks to come up with a really good design from scratch. Because designing is more than about just taste, it is about talent and creativity.

            And to your last statement, good tastes don’t always sell well because your competing against other good tastes. So there are many other factors that get balanced into the equation.

          • Barbicide

            and thus you will be the first with your back against the wall when the revolution comes.

    • Dude

      17″ is about 7 inches bigger than any dash nav needs to be.

      • Dave

        Cmon you can stuff a 42″ Vizio in their if you’re careful. LoL

  • Nikola Tesla…the comeback king. Dead for 70 years, forgotten, now he’s making the best cars in the world!

  • Capt. Crunch

    Obviously it’s for tweeting and driving

  • Timothy Kennedy
  • Colton

    I have always imagined an Android powered car stereo/entertainment system. I think it’s a great idea!

    • Adrynalyne

      Modders do it all the time. It is pretty cool.

      • Colton

        really? never seen that, I need to check that out

        • Justin W

          You can, but I don’t think it’s possible with a default or aftermarket stereo (excluding a Parrot system). I think what @adrynalyne:disqus is talking about is replacing the screen with a Nexus 7 or something of the like, which isn’t too difficult.

          • Colton

            Nexus 7 in there’s sounds even better!

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah, thats what I meant.

    • Bigsike

      Pioneer Appradio 2/3 and the ARLiberator app.

      • Rand Paul 2016

        This is a great option. Just didn’t want to tie-up my phone too much.

        • Bigsike

          I thought long and hard about a separate solution as well but in the end having one device (phone) just made so much more sense.