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Rivian Uses Android Automotive As Operating System Base

Key Takeaways

  • Google and Rivian confirm the use of Android Automotive as a “base OS” for the automaker’s operating system.
  • Rivian uses the software even though it doesn’t offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
  • The automaker will soon introduce YouTube and Google Cast in the R1T and R1S.

Several automakers use Google’s Android Automotive software and it appears that Rivian is one of them, according to 9to5Google. The highly customizable platform allows manufacturers to adapt the software to their needs while maintaining all the excellent features and usability one would expect.

The Android Automotive-based software used in the R1T and R1S will soon be utilized in the new R2 and R3, Rivian’s more compact and affordable offerings. Google told the publication that Rivian uses Android Automotive as the “base OS” for its in-vehicle software. CarBuzz has contacted the automaker to find out more.

2024 Rivian R1T Truck






533 hp


610 lb-ft


Single Speed Automatic


All-Wheel Drive

Towing Capacity

11,000 lbs

Curb Weight

7,148 lbs

Android Automotive Doesn’t Mean Android Auto

This is rather interesting, as Rivian vehicles famously lack Android Auto (or Apple CarPlay) compatibility. CEO RJ Scaringe wants to refrain from handing over control to Google or Apple – the company prefers to develop its own bespoke infotainment system. It’s worth noting that the Department of Justice is suing Apple because it believes the tech company is forcing automakers to adopt its technology. In a statement, Rivian told the publication that it had used Android Automotive as a software base since the R1 was first introduced.

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The automaker noted that this does not equate to Android Auto compatibility, adding that it will continue to create an in-house solution with integrated software and apps. This comes just a week after Rivian confirmed that it will introduce YouTube and Google Cast to the R1T and R1S, allowing owners to stream video content from the phones and watch it on the 15.6-inch central display. This shows Rivian is interested in enriching the user experience without adding Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

One Of Many That Doesn’t Offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Sadly, this is a deal-breaker for many car buyers. One only needs to wade through Rivian forum discussions to find stories of people not purchasing an R1T or R1S simply because they do not have these features. It will be interesting to see whether Rivian eventually adds it, but we doubt it. After all, brands like GM have also abandoned these screen-mirroring apps in favor of in-house-developed solutions.


Rivian R2 And R3 Could Use AI Tech From Apple’s Canned Project Titan Self-Driving Car

Insiders from EV supply chains claim that Rivian and Apple could collaborate on EV tech created before Project Titan was canned.

Aside from that, Rivian has big plans for the R1 platform, which will receive a new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery that is 150 lbs lighter than the outgoing pack, plus a new heat pump. We can expect a more efficient battery pack and superior NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels.

Source: 9to5Google

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