Rivian attended or hosted about a half dozen or so events since their reveal in Nov 2018 at the LA Auto Show. Not one of them was anybody allowed to touch let alone sit in any of the prototypes. Unfortunately I do not see that changing any time soon, especially with the pandemic and certainly not before the online configurator becomes available.
I've been asking Rivian directly once the configurator comes online when we can expect safety ratings (front, side, rollover) and test drives. Here's their latest response from last week: "The configuration process is right around the corner. Test drives and safety rating details will be coming at a later date! "
On one hand I'd say get use to it as Rivian is not big on communicating. Potential side effect from being in stealth mode for nearly a decade that they really need to shed. On the other hand, I'd would highly recommend and even encourage you to reach out to them with any questions or even express your opinion to them communicating more instead of waiting for them.I have received surprisingly little communication from them. I would have expected that someone putting down a 1000$ would at least appear somewhat serious and be worthy of some commutations...