Joy riding in a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one hell of an experience, but when it’s your Stingray, that privilege belongs to you. A seventeen-year-old with delusions of grandeur will see his dreams of speeding and burnouts extinguished when he learns that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can combine its Valet Mode and Performance Data Recorder technology to collect audio, video, and vehicle data while in the care of a valet driver.
Valet Mode was introduced in for the Chevrolet Corvette in 2014, giving drivers the ability to lock the interior storage compartments and disable the infotainment system using a special four-digit code. For 2015 Chevrolet Corvette models, Valet Mode also works with the new Performance Data Recorder system. Co-developed by Cosworth, the technology allows track-rats to record their laps and preserve vehicle performance data such as top speed, GPS location, lap times, and lateral grip. In concert, the two systems ensure that the only performance driving happening is with you behind the wheel.
Video from a 720p camera within the windshield header trim and audio from a dedicated microphone feed information to an eight-gigabyte SD card located inside the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette glovebox. The data can then be viewed on the eight-inch screen inside the cabin or downloaded for viewing on another SD-compatible device -- allowing owners to check for any reckless or unseemly behavior while the Corvette was in the hands of someone else.
“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Corvette product manager Harlan Charles in a statement. If you’re not worried about the valet, the system is also useful for when pleading neighbors or relatives ask you to borrow your precious Stingray “for just a little while.” You don’t have to say no, but they’ll have to know that Big Brother is watching.