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I get that. I guess I just see that as a very specific thing that any manufacturer without analog odometers would also have. My 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro (a dinosaur compared to a Rivian) had a digital odometer but it rounded up to only whole numbers, so in either case I would just have to figure that one out on the fly or get more specific instructions from the person I was visiting. Also, after I visit them once I then know which driveway it is and don't need to be told again.
I'm just sayin the easy knobs are gone, we have advanced to a geeky world. Maybe I'm showing my age, I'm 68. I did not grow up with a joystick in my hand and never even played Packman. The cell phones even leave me without much intrigue. As Joe Walsh said as an album title, "I'm an Analog man". I do not even think of talking dirty to Alexa or fantasize what she looks like.
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To answer you question, I do know where to find the ODO (Settings / About, if I'm remembering correctly). That's not always easy when driving, and you still don't get tenths, though. The only time I use them seems to be when navigation is telling me where to turn, but I can see your point if a person gave you directions that way. You would think the odometer and a trip could be added to the driver's screen pretty easily.

Don't bother turning everything off. They go off automatically when you close the door and it locks up. This is one of those "trust the system" processes.

Locking and unlocking while I'm walking nearby? Yeah, that's a pain. It would be nice to have button on the fob and the app called "SLEEP" where it would ignore all phones / cards / fobs. Then you would wake it via your phone / holding a card up to the door / pressing a fob button.
 
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To answer you question, I do know where to find the ODO (Settings / About, if I'm remembering correctly). That's not always easy when driving, and you still don't get tenths, though. The only time I use them seems to be when navigation is telling me where to turn, but I can see your point if a person gave you directions that way. You would think the odometer and a trip could be added to the driver's screen pretty easily.

Don't bother turning everything off. They go off automatically when you close the door and it locks up. This is one of those "trust the system" processes.

Locking and unlocking while I'm walking nearby? Yeah, that's a pain. It would be nice to have button on the fob and the app called "SLEEP" where it would ignore all phones / cards / fobs. Then you would wake it via your phone / holding a card up to the door / pressing a fob button.
Bart, thanks for the reply, yes sent me the link to that ODO! as for trusting Alexa and who or what ever she keeps in that dashboard I will try not to worry and will test it where it won't become a power loss issue. Maybe Rivian is reading this and the next update has an ODO in it, at least as an optional choice.
 

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I can see that, but after many many years of driving, you just know.

I don't know how long you've had your vehicle, but every new one takes some time getting used to. I had a "normal" ICE car before my Tesla and it took me a few weeks to get used to the driving dynamics and UI.

Then a year later I moved to the R1S which I've only had for 1 week and I'm still getting used to it. UI is definitely different but I'm not going to form any opinions until I've had a time to acclimate to it.
I just think things could be better designed and applied by Rivian Geeks if they had an OCD Dinosaur advising them. The DOS Geeks can't see the ease and simplicity through the complex opportunities of creating a complex path that they understand, naturally.
 

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Bart, thanks for the reply, yes sent me the link to that ODO! as for trusting Alexa and who or what ever she keeps in that dashboard I will try not to worry and will test it where it won't become a power loss issue. Maybe Rivian is reading this and the next update has an ODO in it, at least as an optional choice.
Are you asking for a link to the ODO?

It's under your Settings menu. If the Settings gear icon is not on the main display, look for a thin white line just above the row of icons along the bottom of the screen, and swipe that line up to reveal more menus.

Once in Settings, select "About". I think it's in the left column, at the bottom. The resulting screen will show you all kinds of things "about" your vehicle.
 

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Also this is totally a generational thing. I can find everything on the Rivian because computer menus are something I'm familiar with. I don't have to read the directions usually because where I think it should be it is. The odometer isn't something I really need access but more than once a month I would like the clock and temperature displayed on the main dash screen though and I wouldn't want to deal with having only one center screen like Tesla.

All this is coming from someone 30 years your junior though. My dad is a few years younger than you and he wouldnt do well with a rivian so you're ahead of the curve for your generation.
 

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I'm just sayin the easy knobs are gone, we have advanced to a geeky world. Maybe I'm showing my age, I'm 68. I did not grow up with a joystick in my hand and never even played Packman. The cell phones even leave me without much intrigue. As Joe Walsh said as an album title, "I'm an Analog man". I do not even think of talking dirty to Alexa or fantasize what she looks like.
I am a geek and I can't say I have fantasized about Alexa either :giggle:

I do agree with your larger point, though. I wish there were 1-2 dials and/or 2-3 buttons or toggle switches that each driver could assign themselves. There is still a place for that kind of simplicity. That being said, so far I feel like Rivian did about as good a job as possible if the goal is to go all in with the display. The only one I get slightly annoyed with is the HVAC because I have to go to the HVAC menu to adjust the fan speed each time.
 

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Isn't this what GPS is for?
Donald, GPS is not available everywhere, not everyone uses the urban location address, sometimes a rural location has things that are not recognized by google. Example, while driving you spot a tree of note, or a stranded bicyclist at a point of no reference to send help to or a tow truck to. Or dirt roads in mountains or actual range of the R1T consumed driving a given real distance in snow mode or such. Man does not live by google alone.
 
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Are you asking for a link to the ODO?

It's under your Settings menu. If the Settings gear icon is not on the main display, look for a thin white line just above the row of icons along the bottom of the screen, and swipe that line up to reveal more menus.

Once in Settings, select "About". I think it's in the left column, at the bottom. The resulting screen will show you all kinds of things "about" your vehicle.
I was actually being sarcastic, as if you had such a link to use to put an ODO on my drivers control screen! Maybe Rivian will make it so! I just have a hard time searching the big screen while driving. The UI is not my natural language. Lazy I guess, just pulling the choke knob is my idea of fun.
 

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I was actually being sarcastic, as if you had such a link to use to put an ODO on my drivers control screen! Maybe Rivian will make it so! I just have a hard time searching the big screen while driving. The UI is not my natural language. Lazy I guess, just pulling the choke knob is my idea of fun.
Understood. I remember choke knobs! Sometimes, I have to tell myself to stop playing with settings and just enjoy the drive.
 
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I am a geek and I can't say I have fantasized about Alexa either :giggle:

I do agree with your larger point, though. I wish there were 1-2 dials and/or 2-3 buttons or toggle switches that each driver could assign themselves. There is still a place for that kind of simplicity. That being said, so far I feel like Rivian did about as good a job as possible if the goal is to go all in with the display. The only one I get slightly annoyed with is the HVAC because I have to go to the HVAC menu to adjust the fan speed each time.
I forgot to whine about that myself, adjusting the direction of the fan air used to be a cinch, I could do it while staring at the road! As well flip over a cassette or change the 8 track tape. But now the features are more complex and the ease did not grow with the options.
 

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I get your point. In Tesla, the screen displays 4 different mileage displays you can select from 5 total odometer settings. I usually have

- Current drive in minutes and KWh/mile
- Since last charge miles and kWh/mile
- Trip A miles and kWh/mile
- Trip B (renamed to Tire Rotation) miles and kWh/mi

The other odometer setting is the actual total miles.

Rivian's odometer setting needs you to goto settings>about>Trip A/B, so it's a pain to get to. Rivian can and should do better for basic vehicle information.
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