Rivian has started rolling out software update 2022.39.03 live to its R1T pickup and R1S SUV. In addition to updates to its electric vehicle user interfaces and Gear Guard safety system, Rivian highlighted its new “kneeling mode,” which can lower the height of the EV by up to about ten inches, making it easier for drivers and their passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. You can see the new mode in action in the video below.
If you’ve seen one of Rivian’s flagship vehicles up close, you can’t help but marvel at the sheer number of intuitive design features inside and out, not to mention the customizations and add-ons. add-ons available for consumers configuring their own R1T. Where SUV R1S.
The R1T pickup has been making its way to consumers for about a year now, and its R1S sibling has an even shorter delivery time. While these EVs already feature unique technology, their room for growth (from a hardware and software perspective) only adds to the brand’s foresight and hopes for longevity.
For example, Rivian rolled out an exciting new feature in a September update. called “Camp Mode”, which used the vehicle’s independent air suspension to level itself, providing a more comfortable space to lie down in the wilderness.
Additionally, Camp Mode also gives Rivian owners the ability to illuminate the area around them with floodlights located in the side mirrors – hardware that has been fully enabled via a over-the-air (OTA) updateagain showing how Rivian reuses existing components for new uses.
With its latest software update, Rivian is once again using its existing technology in new ways to enable an easier EV experience for its customers and their passengers, humans or pets.
Rivian software update includes several improvements
Rivian has shared a full breakdown of its software update as it relates to both the R1S and R1T separately, in addition to a full blog post specifically dedicated to Kneel mode. When the new mode is activated, it will lower your Rivian truck by 10 inches (if you have 21″ or 22″ wheels) and stay in place until you enter drive mode again.
Similar to the aforementioned Camp Mode, this update uses Rivian’s air suspension to ensure your EV is easy to exit or enter in a multitude of circumstances, including helping with pets, elderly or disabled passengers. , or the loading of luggage and other goods.
Activating it is simple:
- Tap the “Settings” gear icon in the lower center screen of your R1 EV.
- Next, navigate to the “Vehicle and Access” screen.
- From here, you can toggle kneeling mode on and off.
Rivian says the lowering process typically takes about five seconds.
Be aware that this new accessibility tool in the latest update is only available when your Rivian is in Conserve or All-Purpose riding mode set to “Standard” height. Sport mode already places your EV at a lower height, so Kneel mode is not necessary.
The new height feature is also not available when your electric vehicle is in off-road or tow mode, as this could damage the vehicle or the load you are towing. You can see Kneel Mode in action in the short video shared by Rivian below:
Before that though, there are plenty of added benefits to Rivian’s latest update that you should check out:
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