The CEO shared a sneak preview of the company's upcoming Camp Mode.
Rivian has got two very impressive products on its hands. Perhaps it's not ideal for towing, but the R1T Truck has proven itself as a fast, comfortable, and very usable electric vehicle. Aside from the funky styling and impressive technology, the company has attracted many buyers thanks to innovative design and clever engineering with features like the Gear Tunnel.
It seems existing owners have another feature to look forward to if RJ Scaringe's latest teaser is anything to go by. In a video posted to Twitter, the CEO demonstrated the upcoming Camp Mode, which is currently still in beta testing. The most exciting feature comes in the form of auto-leveling.
Now, this isn't anything new - luxury sedans have had this technology for half a century. However, Rivian's system works rather differently. Instead of compensating for extra weight, the vehicle (in this case, an R1S SUV) can level itself out on an uneven hill or mountainside, for example.
"If you're sitting in the vehicle or camping in the back and [the vehicle] is crooked, the suspension auto levels." While difficult to see in the video, Scaringe says the vehicle slowly becomes level, despite the bumpy ground it's on, thereby allowing you to sleep horizontally rather than at an angle.
The other features are equally interesting.
For example, if you're in a camping facility with people nearby, you can adjust the noise levels of the vehicle. The interior screens can also be turned off. As an electric vehicle, overlanding in the wilderness can cause a bit of anxiety. Thankfully, the CEO notes you can conserve energy by placing the vehicle in "more of a deep sleep."
Lastly, there are also side mirror-mounted floodlights that can illuminate the campsite. We expect more details to be revealed when the over-the-air update is rolled out shortly, although exactly when that is scheduled for remains a mystery.
This will certainly bolster appeal for Rivian drivers, who already have myriad unique features.
The company recently added TuneIn, an audio streaming service, to its models. This gives occupants access to 100,000 radio stations, no matter where they are in the world. If that doesn't excite you, the company's brilliant Gear Guard surely will.
Vehicle security isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but the practicality afforded by Rivian's system is incredible. Aside from the regular vehicle alarm, cameras on the bodywork record suspicious activity. Like Tesla's Sentry Mode, this eradicates the nasty hit-and-run practice.
However, it's a simple cable that proves the most interesting. The braided steel item allows owners to secure expensive items in the bed without the need for cumbersome locks and combinations. It simply plugs into the vehicle and secures when the Rivian is locked.