Production of the 2015 Corvette is already underway but that hasn’t stopped the Corvette Team from announcing even more content for the award winning sports car. One such feature is the Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.
The next time you hand your keys over to a valet, you can rest assured knowing that you’re valuables will be secured and your baby will be under the watchful eyes of the Performance Data Recorder when it’s out of your sight.
Introduced on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, Valet Mode is activated by entering a four-digit code from the settings menu of the infotainment touch screen. Once engaged, the center stack storage compartment behind the display and glove box are locked and the radio and infotainment center is disabled.
For the 2015 Corvette models, that system gets a boost with eyes and ears through the optional Performance Data Recorder. Once Valet Mode is engaged, the Performance Data Recorder is activated and starts recording HD video as well as in-car audio and vehicle telemetry – speed, engine RPM, gear position and G-force.
“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”
Once you’ve retrieved your car from the valet, enter the code again to disable the system and then the video can be viewed instantly (while parked) on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen or downloaded to a computer to view later.
The Performance Data Recorder was developed with Cosworth, the same company that supplies the Corvette Racing team with their data and telemetry acquisition systems.
“Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills,” said Charles. “We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated.”
Check out this video from Chevrolet which demonstrates the 2015 Corvette’s Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder:
While at the NCM Bash this year, Steve Wesoloski of Cosworth gave us a demonstration of the Performance Data Recorder and the information that can be viewed. Click here to watch that video.
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