The Gear Tunnel, a telescopic slide-out drawer beneath the passenger cabin, has seen previous accessories like the Camp Kitchen, aligning with Rivian's identity as a luxury adventure brand catering to off-road enthusiasts.
The proposed movie projector accessory aims to transform the Gear Tunnel into an outdoor cinema hub, equipped with a roll-up projector screen, wireless speakers, a projector, and a mirror for image optimization. The portable system allows for remote-controlled telescopic deployment, creating a cinematic experience on the go.
While designed for luxury-minded adventurers, Rivian acknowledges broader applications, envisioning scenarios such as search and rescue missions coordinated from the R1T's equipped Gear Tunnel. The patent details measurements and assembly methods, suggesting a production-ready design that could potentially be available as early as next year.
However, Rivian faces existing delays in delivering features like the Gear Tunnel and powered tonneau cover, prompting customer anticipation. While the movie projector accessory showcases innovative possibilities, the focus for now remains on addressing current commitments and delivering promised features to eager customers.