We’ve all seen or heard of horror stories from car owners who unsuspectingly leave their vehicles with an irresponsible valet. Chevrolet has added a special ‘Valet Mode’ for the 2015 Corvette to add as a security measure to work with the ‘Performance Data Recorder (PDR)‘.
“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” says Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager.
The system works by inputting a 4-digit code on the infotainment screen that locks the glove box, and disables the infotainment system inside the car. Working in conduction with the PDR, it will also record an HD video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position, and g-force. The recorded video can be viewed within the Corvette’s 8-inch touchscreen or extracted to a computer.
“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,” adds Charles.
Think of the system as an integration of a dashcam, GoPro camera and a data logger. However, this valet mode doesn’t limit vehicle and engine speed. While it does prevent access to your glove box, the valet can still go dashing away with your car and back.
While we think this is a nice feature, Chevrolet should have gone the extra mile to add speed and rev limiters. There are some aftermarket ECU reflash programs like GIAC that add a valet mode which restricts throttle to 50% and speed to 50km/h.