General Motors has introduced a hidden system that allows the driver to lock some functions of the car and also record everything that goes on inside and outside. The 2015 Corvette valet camera is for those who appreciate their car and know that having to leave it with someone else can be a pain.
With the entry of a secret code, the touch screen will tell the driver it's in Valet Mode. But, according to an Aug. 19 Associated Press report, it doesn't warn the valet that he's being recorded. The platform also allows you to disable the infotainment system and lock the glove box.
The valet camera was meant for individuals who want to keep a watchful eye on whoever they leave their 6.2-liter V8 Corvette with, whether it be a professional valet or not.
“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.”
According to the L.A. Times, the system was developed with Cosworth, a British motorsports-engineering company. It is an optional element associated with the telemetry system that has a SD-card slot in the glove box – which locks on Valet Mode -- for recording and transferring video and vehicle data, the report explained. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.
The Corvette valet camera can serve as a sort of guardian angel, our onboard telemetry system capable of recording all data relating to the adventures of parking.