Vivaldi Partners with Renault on In-Car Browser

Posted on May 18, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Web browsers with 0 Comments

Vivaldi announced today that it has partnered with Renault to bring its web browser to the carmaker’s next-generation vehicles.

“We aim at providing you new browsing experiences at work, at home, and in cars,” Vivaldi CEO and co-founder Jon von Tetzchner explains. “Now, Vivaldi arrives in the OpenR Link system of new Renault cars, including Megane E-Tech Electric and All-New Austral.”

This is Vivaldi’s second partnership in the auto industry: it announced a deal to bring its Android Automotive web browser to the Polestar 2 electric car in December 2021.

The deal with Renault seems similar, but it involves far more vehicles. In this case, Renault is extending its OpenR Link system to include the Vivaldi browser, which can be used when the cars are parked via multitouch or voice navigation. This system is also private, and no browsing data is stored by the car or shared with Renault.

The Vivaldi automotive browser supports video calls, video and audio streaming services, synced browser data, multiple tabs, Speed Dial access to bookmarks, sidebar-based notetaking, dark and light themes, and other features that will be familiar to users of the desktop version of Vivaldi’s browser.

The Vivaldi browser app will be available in the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and all-new Austral in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK, and is installed via MY Renault app. It will be updated regularly alongside the other Vivaldi browsers.

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