If Tesla owners have Sentry Mode, Rivian owners will have Gear Guard for safety. Recently, a friend from Gear Guard was spotted actively working in an apparently parked Rivian vehicle.
A short excerpt from the Twitter user @Of love revealed Rivian’s rather kid-friendly Gear Guard buddy at work while the vehicle owner is away. The character captured in the short clip was also seen in a video for Rivian posted last month. According to Rivian’s UX Design Director Brennan Boblett, owners can activate a suite of security products through Gear Guard.
Gear Guard’s ambiguous animated character, whom Rivian has yet to name, has received mixed reviews from the community.
Some EV fans have noted that the Gear Guard pal is a bit too cartoonish for some, while others think he’s the perfect character for Rivian’s vehicles. The views of both sides have some merit.
Those who support the Gear Guard character think it would be fun for the family and, in particular, the kids. After all, Rivian’s R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV are made for adventure, and what an adventure is without a bit of silliness.
On the other side of the fence are those who oppose the animated character. They think he’s not behaving well for something that is supposed to provide protection for Rivian’s vehicles.
Gear Guard has been compared to Tesla Sentry Mode, which uses more threatening graphics when activated. However, Rivian’s Gear Guard may be slightly different from Tesla Sentry mode and might include some features that require nicer graphics.
Gear Guard seems to be an umbrella term for a list of security features. It will most likely use the Driver + hardware installed in all R1 Rivian vehicles, which includes 11 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, five radars, and a high-precision GPS antenna.
Rivian has yet to discuss Gear Guard’s suite of security features in detail. Boblett also didn’t say much about Gear Guard’s features in his video. However, he said Rivian will “evolve and roll out new features” via live updates in the future.
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