You can surf the web from your Renault with the Vivaldi browser • The Register

Browser maker Vivaldi has added Renault to the list of users for the Android Automotive OS version of its web renderer of the same name.

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The company had already rolled out the Chromium-based browser in Polestar 2 electric vehicles in late 2021, so its launch in another car running Android Automotive OS didn’t come as a complete surprise.

In this case it’s the Megane E-Tech Electric’s big screen on the receiver side, as well as the Austral and pretty much all future cars with the OpenR Link system.

Renault relies heavily on OpenR, describing it as “seven times smoother to use than the previous generation”.

It’s not just the bet that’s big; The system itself (on the Megane E-Tech at least) consists of a 12-inch vertical screen on the center console and a 12.3-inch horizontal screen built into the dash. With a resolution of 267 ppi and anti-reflective and anti-smudge coatings, the display should make Vivaldi’s browser look pleasant enough.

Although you must be parked if you actually want to use it. Pull away and streaming content becomes audio only.

Google recently announced an overhaul of Android Automotive OS that includes a split-screen mode and boasted that the number of compatible vehicles worldwide has reached 150 million.

However, Vivaldi for Android Automotive is available for Polestar 2 and OpenR-enabled Renaults. A Vivaldi spokesman indicated that other big names are in the pipeline and Renault’s partners in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance need to keep at least a semi-eye on the proceedings.

The browser is available in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK and is installed via the MY Renault app.

Since this is pretty much the full-fledged version of Vivaldi (with features like Vivaldi’s approach to tab handling), it means the code should be updated regularly alongside the Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android versions. Signing into a Vivaldi account also means browsing data is synced across devices, although one’s private data is neither stored in the car nor accessible to Renault. ®

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