Rivian’s 2023.38.0 software update transforms towing experience and Drive Modes for owners, and includes a Halloween surprise

Rivian has released its latest over-the-air (OTA) software update, version 2023.38.0, enhancing the driving experience for its owners with significant improvements to towing features, a redesigned Drive Modes app, and more.

This latest update comes hot on the heels of version 2023.34.0, which was rolled out just last month. One of the standout features of this update is the comprehensive enhancement of Tow Mode. Rivian has introduced a new “Trailer Profiles” feature, eliminating the guesswork associated with towing. The system automatically detects the weight of the trailer, predicts the vehicle’s range requirements, and even offers a dedicated truck bed view through the rear-facing bed camera for R1T pickup truck owners.

If you are a frequent tower, the system allows you to save up to 3 different trailer setups and one accessory.

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Credit: Rivian
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The Drive Modes app has also undergone a significant transformation, with a focus on improving accessibility. Key controls for drive modes, ride height adjustment, regenerative braking strength, stability control, and suspension stiffness are now located on the left side of the screen for easier driver access. This redesign introduces swiping gestures, allowing users to seamlessly select and switch between different drive modes.

The revamped Drive Modes app features a new Gauge View, providing real-time information about critical vehicle metrics. Drivers can now monitor real-time data such as battery status, motor temperature, torque, steering angle, and tire pressure with dynamic visualizations.

Additionally, Quad-Motor R1 vehicle owners can now access specialized drive modes like Snow, Sand, All-Terrain, and Rock Crawl while towing.

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Rivian also snuck in an easter egg with this update. According to RivianTrackr, there is a Halloween theme that will be unlocked on October 21, 2023. Last year the company included a Halloween mode that turned pedestrians in the visualization into zombies, as well as changing to sound when locking the vehicle to an owl hooting.

Here’s a video from Rivian on the 2023.38.0 software update.

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