The correct way to do this is when the R1 is lined up to go through the wash on the conveyor, you (or employee) push the car wash button, shift to neutral and exit the vehicle. I’ve watched them so this multiple times and it’s been fine. Make sure to bring an extra key as you don’t want to have to leave your phone in the car (learned that one on the first wash). It appears (though Rivian support could not verify) that by bucking the driver belt, standard practice on many cars at washes, tells the R1 someone is driving. Since it’s not on park it locks the doors as soon as the door is shut to go through the wash. On the other side you have a rolling ev with no way to get into it.Ok so then what is the *correct* process for a car wash like this? I almost went through one the other day but the line was too long. I just a$$umed I just had to put it in car wash mode and it would be fine.
On mine since my actual key fob was locked in the truck, someone had to come and inflate a bag in the b pillar to pull the top of the door away from the pillar enough to get a flexible rod it and pull the door handle open.
Just be aware that in car was mode the door handles stay flush even while unlocked. You have to manually activate them by pushing the front in and having the backs pop out. Then pull as usual.
Trust me in saying everyone at my car wash now knows to never buckle a Rivian seat belt!