Rivian software update adds soft sand mode to R1T and R1S

Off-road enthusiasts know that sand, mostly soft sand, can be unrelenting when driving through it. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you know exactly what to do. Or, if you own a Rivian R1T or R1S, you just put the car in the drive mode you want and have fun, even if it’s treacherous soft sand. We imagine a few trips to the Silver Lake sand dunes inspired this idea.

Introducing Soft Sand Mode 🏜​ Our ninth riding mode is included in the latest OTA (over-the-air) software update and was created to help you navigate some of the toughest terrain to drive: sand. soft. Read more: https://t.co/E5JrvFnMY1 https://t.co/8fi0zdFobb

Rivian R1T and R1S: Soft Sand Mode Details

A recent over-the-air update gives the truck all-electric and sports utility vehicle software that optimizes traction and stability control, reducing the chances of the driver getting stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere. This is achieved by softening the driver inputs. Through software, throttle pedal mapping initiates and maintains momentum on the sand by allowing gradual throttle buildup at low speeds. Meanwhile, it also offers more aggressive high-speed delivery as well as smoother regenerative braking.

Rivian R1T and R1S soft sand mode

The software also changes the damping and ride characteristics of the suspension for the Rivian R1T and R1S when driving over undulating surfaces at high speeds, absorbing any ruts and potholes one may encounter. Rivian points out that the Soft Sand mode isn’t optimal for most other terrain, only for deep sand, like sand dunes. Off-Road All-Terrain mode is the best option to face different obstacles.

The Rivian R1T pickup can be reserved for $1,000 if you’re willing to wait until late 2023 for delivery. The R1T starts at $67,500 for the Explore package, which includes the twin-motor powertrain and standard battery. For that price, customers get heated front seats and a highly desirable heated steering wheel. Additionally, the truck features an air compressor, recycled textile floor mats, driver’s seat lumbar adjustments, vegan leather upholstery, panoramic roof and matte black interior finishes. If the SUV is more to your liking, you’ll pay a bit more with a starting price of $72,500 before any options for the R1S.

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