Some Rivian owners reported receiving their latest over-the-air (OTA) software earlier this week. Although the 2021.49.2 update release provides some basic bug fixes and improvements, it is still another milestone for Rivian.
So far, none of the R1 owners on the company forums have reported having any issues installing the OTA update. A Rivian Forums member, Iwantatesla, shared some snapshots of the latest OTA update, revealing some of its release notes and more. According to Rivian’s software update guide, updates are intended to improve the performance of an R1 vehicle.
Rivian vehicles should be parked with over 35 miles of range and should not be plugged into a DC fast charger to install OTA updates, which a few owners pointed out. Some features, such as locking and access to the cabin, front trunk, transmission tunnel and tailgate, may be interrupted during installation.
Rivian’s update version 2021.49.2 introduces improvements to the navigation app, Bluetooth connectivity, and audio enhancements. The company has also improved the auto lock/unlock, air conditioning/defrosting functions of R1 vehicles.
A few of the Rivian R1 owners reported that their UI felt “more snappy” after installing the 2021.49.2 update, which may be due to the company making various improvements to the user interface, including smoother transitions when switching between apps as well as performance improvements to the infotainment system.
Rivian has also improved UI support for the rear view camera view. However, the company also noted that the back screen will be temporarily locked, but it should be available again in a future update.
Rivian has also improved Driver+ safety and awareness notifications and Highway Assist performance. It would be interesting to see if any R1 drivers see significant differences in Drive+ and Highway Assist in the coming weeks.
Rivian’s latest OTA update seemed to go smoothly and fairly uneventfully, which is a good sign for the future. Rivian seems to take a step-by-step approach to everything he does, which helps him successfully execute every step.