Rivian Halloween software update turns pedestrians into zombies and witches
Just in time to trick or treat.
October 30, 2023 in 10:39am ET
Rivian, the California-based maker of the all-electric R1S and R1T adventure vehicles, has released a software update that brings a little pre-Halloween fun this year, including pumpkins, zombies and witches.
The over-the-air (OTA) software update, bearing build number 2023.38.00, unlocked its holiday goodies on October 21 on both the SUV and pickup truck, when it added a new “Halloween” tab in the Settings screen of the in-car infotainment system , as well as a “Make it Spooky” option that, when pressed, will perform a number of magic-like tricks.
First, when in ADAS view, people identified by the car’s sensors and cameras will be made to appear like zombies and witches, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Gallery: Rivian Halloween 2023 software update
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What’s more, when the gear tunnel, trunk or door is opened, it will trigger a pumpkin to pop out – but only on the car’s screen, so don’t expect one to appear out of nowhere, like the video embedded at the top of this page shows.
Last but not least, when R1S or R1T is locked or unlocked, the car will emit an organ sound from touched in D Minor, replacing the standard chirping sound, for a little extra Halloween spirit.
The Halloween-themed update was spotted by several Rivian owners on social media, including Peter Barba who saw pedestrian renderings during a test drive and posted a video on his X account. @pbarba_22 (embedded below).
This is just one example of how OTA updates can improve a car over time. Sure, it’s just fun with this array of features, but it’s not the first time Rivian has pushed out upgrades designed to make R1T and R1S owners’ lives a little better behind the wheel.
The so-called Drive Cam, essentially a built-in camera, was added to the two electric cars in May, and more recently, the car’s driving comfort has been improved with an OTA update that offers an improved balance between ride and handling in Sport mode and improved comfort in the all-purpose Soft Ride mode.
Tesla is also known for releasing incremental updates to its cars, such as when it added the ability to predict how many Supercharger kiosks would be available when arriving at a station.