Ferris Bueller’s Day Off made the rogue car park valet infamous but it’s not something 2015 Chevrolet Corvette owners need worry about thanks to an enhanced Valet Mode setting.
Billed as an industry first, the new Corvette Valet Mode disables the infotainment system, stop stability systems being turned off and also cap engine revs and performance.
But for 2015, it also now uses the car’s Performance Data recorder to store vehicle data, audio and video – thus enabling owners to, literally, see exactly what happened to their car once the valet took the key.
“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.”
The Valet Mode, which was first introduced for the 2014 model year, also locks interior stowage cubbies to keep smartphones and wallets secure.
From racetrack to parking lot
The use of the Performance Data Recorder to enhance the Corvette’s Valet Mode was not part of the original system development, admits 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.”
The Performance Data Recorder was developed by British experts Cosworth, which also supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems. Genuine racetrack to road technology transfer.
The system, explains Corvette, comprises three main components: 720p HD camera, self-contained GPS telemetry recorder and a dedicated SD-card slot in the glovebox that, with an 8GB card, can record 200 minutes’ driving time.
All the footage it records is shot in HD and all vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and G-force – can also be viewed. Meaning you can now finally forget Ferris Bueller as you dine, 2015 Corvette owners: life moves pretty fast, except for your valet.