Paranoid owners of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette can rest easy when they hand their keys over to the pimply-faced valet driver.
The latest edition of General Motors’ famous sports car comes equipped with a data recorder that captures video, audio and driving data from the vehicle when drivers switch it into a special “Valet Mode,” in case you had any doubts on what the function was for.
Once owners come back to their car after a fancy dinner or gala or what-have-you, they’ll be able to check in depth reports of what happened with the car in their absence, including recorded data on the car’s speed, revolutions per minute, and which gears have been used.
A microphone in the cabin will record audio inside the car while a camera will capture any joy riding from the driver’s point of view looking out the windshield. All of this data can be viewed or listened to instantly on the car’s 8 inch monitor, or downloaded onto a computer for later enjoyment.
“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Corvette product manager Harlan Charles. “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.”
This sort of technology is truly something, but we can’t help but think the Corvette valet mode will take a lot of the fun out being a valet attendant. Sorry joy-riding teenagers, but your time is up.