Loads of useful features are included in the latest OTA update.
Rivian has shared details on the new software update it has applied to the R1S and R1T models. Aside from several bug fixes and refinements, the all-electric automaker has also added more convenience and safety.
Both variants receive a proximity lock/unlock function with the key fob, which means you don't need your mobile phone handy to enjoy this convenient feature. Furthermore, owners will be notified via the driver's display if the key fob battery needs replacing.
The proximity function has been worked on to provide a smoother experience. Rivian says locking is more consistent, and instances of unintended locking have been significantly reduced.
The navigation unit in both vehicles has also been upgraded. The "place search" feature is now powered by Google maps, but that's not the only change. The system can now sense once you've approached your destination and will end the trip once you've parked near where you need to be. Lastly, users can now switch between charger status pins to view information.
Drivers can then choose the preferred charging location and set a route to the selected location.
In terms of safety, the front camera image has been dramatically improved. Viewing from the center console screen, the horizontal and vertical fields of view provide a better idea of how close obstacles are to the front bumper.
Other updates include an increased hands-off warning period for the Highway Assist system. Previously, the safety feature would notify you after 10 seconds; this has been doubled with the latest software update. Engaging the safety system now takes just one second when the driver taps the drive stalk twice.
This is useful as it allows you to engage the adaptive cruise control with the first tap, accelerate, and then set the desired speed. Other minor fixes include adding a progress bar when listening to audiobooks or podcasts through Spotify and correctly displaying the FM radio channel frequency.
Other rare fixes were also made, including obscure faults like Gear Guard videos not being properly saved to external storage drives.
Rivian is constantly rolling out software updates to improve the user experience of its vehicles. Last year, the automaker introduced a nifty Snow Mode that combines a lower brake regeneration setting and a softer throttle response to provide a safer experience in slippery conditions. If the vehicle detects wheel slip at temperatures of 34 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, the car automatically engages the new driving mode.
Adventurers will delight in the recently announced Camp Mode that transforms the Rivian electric vehicles into even more capable outdoor companions. One of the features is an auto-leveling air suspension system that allows the car to level itself out on an uneven hill, for example, making it easier to sleep in the vehicle overnight.
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