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As reported by TechCrunch Rivian announces ahead of CES that it will integrate with Alexa.

Rivian will integrate Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, the company’s first electric vehicles that are set to debut at the end of the year.

Rivian said Monday it also plans to extend the Alexa integration to 100,000 electric delivery trucks that Amazon has ordered from the automaker. The electric vans are expected to start delivering packages to customers in 2021.

The integration into the R1T and R1S will give owners access to standard Alexa features, such as playing music, placing calls and navigation, as well as the ability to control the climate, open and close the trunk and other vehicle features.

Rivian said it plans to give Alexa other capabilities designed for its vehicles. For instance, owners will be able to remotely tap into the camera embedded in Rivian’s pickup truck from Amazon screen-based services like Echo Show and Fire TV to check on whatever gear is stashed there. The integration also will allow access to certain Alexa features when the vehicle is offline, a decision meant to match up with how these vehicles might be used.

Rivian’s vision is to “enable exploration without compromises and provide our owners the best digital experience, no matter where their adventure takes them,” said Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. “We want this to be the most comprehensive, most seamless Alexa integration in the market.”

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Source and to read rest of the article: https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/06/a...grate-alexa-into-its-electric-pickup-and-suv/

I didn't realize Rivian had placed a camera that covers the R1T bed.
Also wise that the Alexa features will work offline - handy when in remote areas with no coverage.
 

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As reported by TechCrunch Rivian announces ahead of CES that it will integrate with Alexa.

Rivian will integrate Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, the company’s first electric vehicles that are set to debut at the end of the year.
Rivian said Monday it also plans to extend the Alexa integration to 100,000 electric delivery trucks that Amazon has ordered from the automaker. The electric vans are expected to start delivering packages to customers in 2021.
The integration into the R1T and R1S will give owners access to standard Alexa features, such as playing music, placing calls and navigation, as well as the ability to control the climate, open and close the trunk and other vehicle features.
Rivian said it plans to give Alexa other capabilities designed for its vehicles. For instance, owners will be able to remotely tap into the camera embedded in Rivian’s pickup truck from Amazon screen-based services like Echo Show and Fire TV to check on whatever gear is stashed there. The integration also will allow access to certain Alexa features when the vehicle is offline, a decision meant to match up with how these vehicles might be used.
Rivian’s vision is to “enable exploration without compromises and provide our owners the best digital experience, no matter where their adventure takes them,” said Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. “We want this to be the most comprehensive, most seamless Alexa integration in the market.”
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Source and to read rest of the article: https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/06/a...grate-alexa-into-its-electric-pickup-and-suv/

I didn't realize Rivian had placed a camera that covers the R1T bed.
Also wise that the Alexa features will work offline - handy when in remote areas with no coverage.
That camera for checking on your stuff is going to be very useful. If I'm every moving large amounts stuff I'm always extra cautious about whether everything's secure or not.
 

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And, I'm hoping the cameras can be configurable to sentry mode for some situations. Also, that some of the cameras work as a Dash-Cam feed for both front and rear...
 

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And, I'm hoping the cameras can be configurable to sentry mode for some situations. Also, that some of the cameras work as a Dash-Cam feed for both front and rear...
Yes, that would be an ideal feature. It would certainly save me the time and money from paying for front and back dash-cams. This topic has come up in other forums and IMO a noteworthy number of times. And as such I've asked Rivian about it months ago but of course they had no info to share at the time.

Have you asked Rivian directly if they will provide this functionality?

If you haven't, I would encourage you to do so. Asking Rivian directly minimally does two things - you (and hopefully us when you share ;)) get a direct answer from them (versus hearsay) and, second, it directly tells them what features their current or potential customer base are interested in. Rivian admittingly (to me and others I know) monitors the various forums but I wouldn't assume they read every thread and post. And even if they do, the more they hear from us "directly" the greater the impact and chance of that "idea" becoming a reality, even if it's after the initial launch.
 

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Yes, I emailed customer service and got this reply on 2/1:


* Rivian vehicles will have 11 total cameras included on the vehicle - 10 exterior cameras and 1 interior camera for the driver monitoring system. More details about camera location and function will be provided closer to delivery.

To help protect your gear in the bed of the truck, the Launch Edition build includes Gear Guard which is our remote monitoring system that features a cut-resistant locking cable that wraps around your gear and plugs into the bed wall connecting directly into the vehicle security system. Remotely monitor your gear through the Rivian app and receive instant alerts if the system senses an interruption.

A camera in the bed also monitors and tracks your gear.”

—So no new info for now, but part of my reason for asking Rivian directly is just as @EyeOnRivian said— to nudge the engineering team to think about the dash-cam option, if they hadn’t already. I’m planning to reply and be explicit with that suggestion.
 
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