One of the features of the 2015 Corvette Stingray’s Performance Data Recorder is Valet Mode, a setting that records video and telemetry whenever the car is in operation. On Friday, a Corvette Forum member named dcowles may be the first to capture a valet entrusted with parking the Corvette behaving badly once the owner was out of sight.
The Stingray’s owner used the valet service at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. The video shows the valet driving carefully through the entrance of the parking structure and up to the second floor, and that’s where things get interesting.
The PDR video captured the valet driver coming to a stop and then accelerating rapidly up to 50 mph while shifting from 1st to 5th gears before turning a corner and then parking the car. And while parking the Stingray, we see that he may have bumped the Stingray’s nose against the wall because he backs up slightly and then get’s out to inspect the front of the car.
The owner said he didn’t see any marks on the bumper so it looks like the car is okay. The status of the valet driver is another matter as after reviewing the incident the owner called and reported the reckless valet to the Segerstrom Center.
Interestingly, the Valet Mode didn’t record any audio from the event, as it was previously disclosed that recording any audio without a party’s consent may violate a state’s wiretap laws. The inability to record audio in Valet Mode may be the fix that GM came up to ensure that owners are operating Valet Mode within the constraints of the law.
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