On the completely redesigned 2014 Impala, Chevrolet introduced a valet mode. Valet Mode has received some upgrades for the 2015 Chevy Corvette, including Performance Data Recorder.
Now, not only can you lock interior storage, disable Chevrolet MyLink®, and audio and video. But now you’re also able to track vehicle data. That’s right you can track speed, engine RPM, gear position, and g-force when Valet Mode is active in the 2015 Chevy Corvette.
“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.”
For those who want instant feedback they can instantly playback video on the Stingray’s color touchscreen, while the car is parked.
Harlan Charles stated, “Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days…“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.”
The Performance Data Recorder system features a 720p high-def camera mounted within the windshield header trim. This captures video from the driver’s point-of-view and records. PDR also comes equipped with a self-contained telemetry recorder. Using a GPS receiver, the telemetry recorder is hardwired into the ‘Vette’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information. To store and transfer data the PDR system has a built-in SD-card slot in the glove box. An 8 GB card can record approximately 200 minutes.
Four different data overlay options are available while recording Performance Mode, Sports Mode, Touring Mode, and Track Mode.
Performance Data Recorder and Valet Mode will be available on all 2015 Chevy Corvettes.