Rivian acquires A Better Routeplanner

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    Rivian on Wednesday introduced its acquisition of Swedish mapping firm Iternio, the developer of the EV trip-planning app A Higher Routeplanner.

    The app, which permits EV drivers to plan routes incorporating charging stops, might be maintained as a standalone function for drivers of all EVs, however its core options might be built-in with Rivian’s in-vehicle navigation system and cell app, in accordance with an organization press launch.

    2023 Rivian R1S

    “A Higher Routeplanner leads the best way in EV journey planning and is a crucial platform for EV adoption,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe mentioned in a press release, “which is why it is so essential for us to maintain the platform open for all.”

    Rivian drivers will quickly have A Higher Routeplanner’s options built-in, although. An upcoming software program launch will add the flexibility to plan journeys primarily based on charging networks and vary on arrival, the discharge mentioned. Drivers may also be capable of use the Rivian app to plan a visit from dwelling and ship the data to their automotive’s navigation system.

    2022 Rivian R1S

    2022 Rivian R1S

    These options could be added to current autos over the air, and can probably be out there from the beginning within the Rivian R2, the smaller, less-expensive model that can function the follow-up to the Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. Rivian CFO Claire McDonough confirmed this week that the R2 might be revealed in 2024 and can goal a worth vary of $40,000-$60,000 because the automaker goals to broaden the market.

    Rivian this week additionally confirmed plans to undertake the Tesla cost port, in any other case generally known as the North American Charging Customary (NACS). The automaker didn’t affirm when it plans to start out constructing autos with the Tesla connector, or whether or not it’ll abandon the Mixed Charging Customary (CCS) port, however mentioned entry to the Tesla Supercharger community may occur (probably with adapters) as quickly as Spring 2024. Now it seems like Rivian drivers could have a neater time discovering these Supercharger websites.

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