Rivian Files Patent for Tailgate Bike Rack, Hopes for Real Life Release Soon!
Rivian has recently filed a patent for an innovative bike rack they named the “Integrated Tailgate Cargo System For Automotive Vehicle”. The design adds special grooves along the tailgate which could accept wheel mounts (or other securing hardware) that would then bolt in to stay in place, allowing you to fit two bikes without losing any space in the bed.
The patent shows Rivian IP Holdings, LLC as based in Plymouth, MI and was created for well-established case law for the automotive industry. While the design is smart, it does not have the ability to secure two bikes of different sizes or MTB's of the same size next to each other without having them touching somewhere. It also does not mention anything about keeping the tailgate from bouncing up and down when you hit a good bump.
For those who need more than two bikes, there are alternatives like 1-Up & Quikr racks which can carry up to four bikes and load them much more easily. However, if Rivian were to make this rack available, it will have to be for a future tailgate design since the current one doesn't have those grooves. In addition, it should be relatively simple to implement the ability to lock it into position so that it won't move around while driving.
The patent also mentions a “cargo box” which could be used to store items like camping gear, tools, and other supplies. This would make it easier for those who need more storage space in their truck bed without having to buy an aftermarket cargo box or rack. It is unclear if this will be available as part of the bike rack system or sold separately.
It's exciting that Rivian has filed this patent and we can only hope they decide to bring it into production soon so that everyone can enjoy its benefits! The design looks great on paper but until we get our hands on one, there's no way of knowing how well it works in real life situations. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next with Rivian's tailgate bike rack!
What is the Integrated Tailgate Cargo System For Automotive Vehicle?
It is a bike rack that fits on the tailgate when it's folded down, adding special grooves along the tailgate to accept wheel mounts or other securing hardware.
Who filed the patent for this bike rack?
Rivian IP Holdings, LLC, based in Plymouth, MI, filed the patent.
Does the design allow for two bikes?
Yes, there are two grooves for the attachment points, so it looks like two bikes can be secured.
Is it suitable for tandem bikes?
The grooves are designed to support wheel blocks for securing the bikes, so they could be designed to support anything from a road bike to fatbike tire. However, it may be difficult to get two MTB's of the same size to fit next to each other without touching somewhere.
Is there any way to keep the tailgate from bouncing up and down when you hit a good bump?
There is no detail from this patent about that, but having the ability to lock it into position should do it.
Will this work with current tailgates?
No, as the current tailgates don't have those grooves. If Rivian were to make this rack, it would have to be for a future tailgate design.
Is the design adjustable?
Yes, the patent states that the grooves are adjustable to fit different wheel sizes. This means that you can adjust the grooves to fit any bike size.
What materials are used in the design?
The patent doesn't specify what materials are used, but it does state that the rack is made of a lightweight material.
Are there any safety features?
Yes, there are several safety features included in the design. It has an integrated locking system to secure the bikes and prevent theft, as well as a wheel block system to keep them from bouncing around while driving.