With its latest update, Rivian is making big claims about the feature enhancements to towing. To start with, the Drive Mode app now gets features like new trailer profiles, automatic weight sensing, and an improved range estimation algorithm. Armed with these new capabilities, the vehicle should give drivers a better range estimate, which also takes into account changes posed by the aerodynamic profile of the attached trailer.
With users getting the opportunity to try out multiple trailer profiles, Rivian promises that its algorithm has the capability to “learn” frequently used patterns. The update also enables new modes including “Snow,” “All-Terrain,” and “Soft Sand.”
Another much demanded Rivian feature in this update is the ability to monitor the rear cargo bed using the rear facing camera on the R1T. Besides monitoring the safety of the content loaded onto the bed, this view also proves you a clear view of what’s in tow at all times.
For the geeks who love numbers and data, the updated Drive Modes app gets a “Gauge View” that gives them real-time information pertaining to various aspects of the vehicle. This could range from things as mundane as the current status of the battery or the temperature of the motor. Or, something more interesting like the amount of torque being used, and a pitch and roll gauge, which could actually prove useful while navigating tricky terrain.
Rivian’s latest software update is being rolled out to vehicles now.