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No More Camping At An Angle

Rivian R1T Yakima Tent
Photo by RJ Scaringe via Twitter

Rivian has announced that they have a new feature on the way that’s bound to be helpful the next time you go camping. It’s called Camp Mode, and it’s going to be available as soon as the next over-the-air (OTA) update for the Rivian R1T and R1S electric pickup and SUV.

Rivian Camp Mode: Details

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe posted a video on Twitter over the weekend to preview what Camp Mode entails. The highlight is the ability to have the vehicle’s suspension automatically adjust and level itself if parked on a slope. This is perfect for people that like to sleep in their vehicles or roof-top tent campers, as it means you won’t feel that pesky gravity pulling you downhill when the car isn’t level. This is also great as with the vehicle evened out, owners can now have a level cooking surface, useful if you’ve opted for Rivian’s available slide-out kitchen.

The mode doesn’t just level the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck or R1S electric SUV, but also adjusts ambient settings like the noise level and switches off the displays. If you’re sleeping inside the truck, it provides a quiet and dark atmosphere to help you sleep at night, and customers also have the ability to dial down how much energy the vehicle is using while stationary, helping preserve the battery. In addition, once it gets dark, you can control the vehicle’s exterior lights to illuminate your campsite better.

Rivian’s vehicles are extremely impressive, and it’s cool to see that the company continues to improve its products with features like Camp Mode or the added Pet Comfort feature that came in June to give drivers control of the interior climate while away.

Unfortunately, the price has recently increased for the Rivian R1T and R1S, starting at $73,000 and $78,000, respectively. But you’re not only getting a cool vehicle but one that is continuously getting improved via OTA updates.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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