Who doesn’t love spoiling babies and instinctively protecting them, not trusting anyone else in that matter? Just imagining handing them over to somebody would give you that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach and the idea of it being “just another car” doesn’t help reduce it. For our customers who harbor similar affections for their 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes, that risk factor is about to end.
The latest Valet Mode, combined with the Performance Data Recorder, is the first of its kind in the industry. It will allow drivers to (a) lock the interior stage, (b) close the infotainment, and (c) record audio, video, and the vehicle data.
According to Harlan Charles, the product manager for Corvette, this would be the baby monitor for the car. And where the Corvette Valet Mode that was introduced in 2014 functioned by locking the glove box, the storage bin, and shutting down the radio and infotainment system when accessed and activated with a 4-digit code, the Performance Data Recorder enables them to also document the in-car radio, the HD video, and other vehicle data. One of the best features is the inclusion of an 8” color touchscreen to play the video, which, on the other hand, can be downloaded and viewed on a computer too.
Although it was primarily aimed to be a tracking tool for drivers to record their laps and using it for improving later, the creative heads behind were able to take it further and make the application multifaceted once it’s turned on.
The components include a 720p, high-definition camera, a dedicated microphone, a self-contained telemetry recorder, and, last but not the least, a corresponding SD-card slot. Moreover, there are three different data overlay options as well as Cosworth Toolbox software.
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