Rivian R2 Specs: The Leak That's Got Tesla's Fanbase Curious

By Kevin Armstrong
Rivian R1S
Rivian R1S

Rivian recently got the Tesla treatment. An X user, @hilbe, found some code on the Rivain website and displayed it for the world to see. This accidental reveal gave us a sneak peek of Rivian’s upcoming R2 SUV. Set to be officially unveiled tomorrow, March 7th, the R2 is poised to be Rivian's entry into the increasingly competitive small SUV market, directly challenging Tesla's Model Y, the current best-selling vehicle globally.

Rivan R2 Specs Reveal Attractive Features

The R2 builds on the legacy of the R1 series, including the R1S, R1T, and their electric delivery van. This new model is set to redefine expectations with a starting price of $47,000 and promises up to 330 miles on a single charge.

The inadvertently slip on the website reveals more key features, such as a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3 seconds, seating for five, and unique charging capabilities compatible with both NACS and CCS stations. Additionally, the R2 will feature innovative storage solutions, including a spacious front trunk and a convenient bike mount system designed for ease and accessibility. It has a launch year pegged at 2026.

Rivian's strategy to leverage insights from its R1 program aims to produce a vehicle that balances performance, utility, and affordability. With dimensions that echo those of popular SUVs like the Honda CR-V and the Model Y, the R2 is expected to appeal to a broad audience seeking an EV that does not compromise on space or capabilities.

Competition is Good; Leaks Can be Too

It is certainly not the mythical Tesla Killer, Rivian simply lacks the production capacity of Tesla, however the introduction of the R2 is a welcome new addition to the company that started with the first electric pickup truck.

Rivian's experience with leaks now aligns it with Tesla, a company frequently in the spotlight for similar reasons. This initiation into the big leagues of leaks is a rite of passage in the EV industry, reflecting the high public and media interest in upcoming models. While leaks can sometimes spoil the surprise, they also underscore the anticipation and excitement surrounding new releases.

While Rivian executives may see this as a spoiled surprise, the early reveal has actually provided more coverage. It’s not like there won’t be any additional articles about the March 7 event. Given the social media chatter, the company now has an early preview about how the R2 will be accepted as it appears the majority of commentators view the product as a positive step forward for the company.

Tesla Releases FSD v12.4: New Vision Attention Monitoring, Improved Strike System With Update 2024.9.5

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla has just rolled out its latest FSD software, v12.4 to employees. Elon Musk announced that this update would be available to employees this past weekend, with plans to release it to the public in small numbers later this week.

Surprisingly, the new update is version 2024.9.5, which is likely based on the earlier 2024.8 branch and not Tesla's latest 2024.14. The spring update (2024.14) brings various new features such as a new media player, a new parked visualization, Audible support, and a Preview of Sentry Mode events, among others.

However, FSD v12.4 brings its own excitement with two new major changes.

Vision-Based Attention Monitoring

The release notes show a new Vision-Based Attention Monitoring feature that replaces the steering wheel nag as Musk previously mentioned.

However, as we predicted, Tesla will still leverage the steering wheel to detect attentiveness when the cabin camera is inconclusive.

The car can only rely on the vehicle's cabin camera, and therefore remove the steering wheel nag under certain conditions:

  • the camera is not occluded

  • there is sufficient lighting

  • the driver is looking forward

  • the driver is not wearing sunglasses

  • the driver is not wearing a low-brim hat or another object that covers their eyes

If any of these situations occur, or if the vehicle doesn't have a cabin camera, then the vehicle will continue to use the steering wheel to determine driver attention.

Tesla is careful to state that images and video from the cabin camera are not saved or transmitted unless you enable data sharing.

Updated Strike System

With FSD v12.4, Tesla has also updated its Autopilot Suspension feature which is designed to enforce the responsible use of FSD.

The current system lets the driver receive up to five strikes (three strikes for vehicles without a cabin camera) before Autopilot and FSD become unavailable. If that happens, then FSD is unavailable for one week. Strikes are only removed once the driver has accrued five strikes, or when Tesla wipes out strikes for everyone, which happens about twice a year.

The new system is more gracious about removing strikes. The vehicle will continue to issue strikes whenever the driver isn't paying attention, however, now the vehicle will gradually remove strikes for the driver after a certain period of time.

Tesla states that one strike will be removed for each 7-day period the driver goes without receiving a strike. So if FSD gets disabled due to strikes, the driver will still go one week without FSD, although now strikes are removed on an ongoing basis. This new strike system is expected to apply to vehicles with and without a cabin camera.

Other New Features

Other new features are expected in FSD 12.4 as well, which we outlined in our look at Tesla's FSD v12.4 article.

They include a focus on improved driver comfort by reducing the amount of hard braking, automatically seeking a parking spot when arriving at a destination and more. Driver interventions are also expected to be drastically reduced with Musk stating that Tesla expects to see a 5-10x improvement in interventions.


Unfortunately, due to FSD v12.4 being on branch 2024.9, it's expected to only be available to owners on update 2024.8 and below, which includes everyone currently on update 2024.3.25.

If no major issues are found with FSD v12.4, we could see it start to roll out to the public later this week.

Tesla Full Self-Driving to Recognize Hand Gestures in Upcoming Update, According to Employee

By Karan Singh
Tesla has been improving its FSD features since introducing it in 2016
Tesla has been improving its FSD features since introducing it in 2016

Previously, the Tesla X account shared a video where FSD V12 appeared to consider a pedestrian’s hand gestures when navigating. Elon Musk also confirmed on X that hand gesture recognition would be improved in V12.4, and even better by V12.5.

Tesla has had plans for gesture recognition for many years, with Musk mentioning hand gesture recognition in 2021. FSD is supposed to be able to adapt to new and unique circumstances in a safe manner, whether following instructions from a police officer, or understanding the hand signals from a cyclist.

Boris Johnson and FSD

Boris Johnson, the ex-Prime Minister of the UK, recently got to experience FSD V12 in the crowded streets of LA, with his wife and child in the backseat. Tesla provided a vehicle and assistant for his self-driven experience through 5-road intersections, heavy traffic, and pedestrians.

At the end of about 45 minutes I feel like a driving test examiner – except that I want to tell the car that it has passed, with flying colours. -Boris Johnson

Gestures coming soon

Johnson had a single experience with hand gestures in his drive – being waved at a hotel. While the car didn’t recognize the gesture – even on FSD V12.3.6 – the Tesla official in the vehicle confirmed that “‘It doesn’t yet recognise that gesture, but we are fixing it for the next iteration. It should be done next month.”.

It’s not immediately clear whether the Tesla employee is referring to FSD v12.4, which is expected to start rolling out to the public later this week, or Tesla’s next major FSD release, V12.5. According to Musk, V12.5 is expected to handle much more complicated situations and even start vehicle-to-fleet communication.

Solving FSD

When you’re tackling a problem like FSD, which has never been solved before, you sometimes have to pivot and realize there’s a better approach. That’s what Tesla has done with FSD and AI. Just a few years ago where people thought cars would need to be able to read signs to achieve autonomy, but with the latest approach, there’s no need to. As long as the vehicle has seen a specific sign before and has enough examples, it’s already trained on what humans do when such a sign is found. The same will be true for hand gestures, the vehicle won’t need to know what each hand gesture means, it’ll just recognize that when a current gesture is made, this is how the vehicle should react.

Tesla does this by feeding it millions of examples of very specific situations and AI recognizes patterns. This is an example where Tesla leverages fleet data. They can easily capture millions of examples of hand gestures and how humans reacted, and feed that to their AI training model.

As Tesla processes more video, FSD will continue to improve. Tesla is expected to spend $10 billion on AI this year alone, most of it going toward improving FSD.

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