2015 Corvette's new Valet Mode gives owners peace of mind
August 21, 2014
General Motors has announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will get a new Valet Mode for its Performance Data Recorder, which will allow owners to disable the infotainment system, lock any interior storage and record vehicle data – giving drivers peace of mind when their car is with a valet.
The Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR) is pretty sophisticated as it is. It allows you to record HD video, in-car audio and vehicle data including speed, engine RPM, gear position and more. It also includes telemetry software which lets users analyze their laps and improve times.
The new Valet Mode can be turned on through the settings menu, and drivers can activate it using a unique four-digit code. Once entered, the storage bins and glove box will automatically lock, and the radio and infotainment system is disabled. Video, audio and vehicle data is also recorded.
Once a valet has returned the car, owners will be able to watch video of its time away on the Corvette’s 8-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked. Alternatively, the footage can be downloaded to a computer as there’s a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring data.
The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options ranging from Track Mode, Sport Mode, Touring Mode and Performance Mode. PDR was developed with Cosworth, a British motorsports-engineering company that supplies Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.
The video below shows the system in action.
Source: General Motors