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Ever worry about how your friend, the dealership or a valet is driving your Corvette? At least you will now know if you have a 2015 with the Performance Data Recorder. You just "set a lock code" and the car will start recording everything that is occurring, and when you get it back, you will know. If nothing else, when you hand over the keys, your informing the recipient that the cars actions are being recorded, and, for those who are very concerned, you could let the dealership staff to know that if that recording is interrupted, this will be the last time you ever being your car in for service there.


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Corvette Valet Mode: A Baby Monitor For Your Baby: Handing over the keys just got easier!

Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes will feel better about handing over the keys to their car, thanks to the new Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.

The industry-exclusive system allows drivers to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, audio and vehicle data when the Valet Mode is active.

“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.”

Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and disables the radio and infotainment system.

With the introduction of the industry-first Performance Data Recorder for 2015, Corvette drivers can also record HD video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active.

The video can be viewed instantly on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer.

“Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills,” said 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 – or PDR – system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.

The system includes three major components. First is a 720p, high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the window. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system utilizes a dedicated GPS receiver and is hardwired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options including Track Mode, Sport Mode, Touring Mode and Performance Mode. Also included with the system is the “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface for users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance.

Valet Mode with the Performance Data Recorder will be available on all 2015 Corvette models.

When Valet Mode is active, the Performance Data Recorder system records video, audio and even vehicle data using the Sport Mode overlay – which includes details on speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force.

New for 2015, the Chevrolet Corvette Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder is an industry-exclusive system that allows drivers to lock interior storage, disable the infotainment system, and now record video, audio and vehicle data.
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That's awesome stuff!!! I've heard of too many car owners complaining of there car having way too many miles after picking up from a dealership for services that didn't warrant long driving trips.
 

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That's awesome stuff!!! I've heard of too many car owners complaining of there car having way too many miles after picking up from a dealership for services that didn't warrant long driving trips.
The guy's name at the dealership's wasn't Farris Bueller was it? LOL
 

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That is an awesome feature! I was considering not getting navigation, but now, hmmmmm, quite possibly
 

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This must have been one of the extras I was told about at the Bash. Still think everyone that is downing the Nav. PDR combo will find out it's worth the increase when all is said and done.
 

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Very interesting application as well as implications.
 

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bummer it doesn't seem to limit the car's power. Would be nice to limit the rpms, lock it into 4 cylinder mode or something along those lines.
 

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bummer it doesn't seem to limit the car's power. Would be nice to limit the rpms, lock it into 4 cylinder mode or something along those lines.
This is true, but at least the car will be in a position to drop a dime on the culprit. And then with the PDR we can play back any dumb stunts the technician may have pulled in the back parking lot or wherever to the General Manager and owner of the dealership. Who knows, with all the knew doodads with WiFi and 4G we might even be able to send it directly to GM Customer Service.........
 

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Thanks ACS Composite for finding this new Valet Corvette commercial. Moved it here to compliment this thread (yet is remains there as a permanent re-direct also).

Thank you!
 

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This is true, but at least the car will be in a position to drop a dime on the culprit. And then with the PDR we can play back any dumb stunts the technician may have pulled in the back parking lot or wherever to the General Manager and owner of the dealership. Who knows, with all the knew doodads with WiFi and 4G we might even be able to send it directly to GM Customer Service.........
Indeed, great use of the technology being added to the car. And probably was easy to develop compared to linking the system up with engine management.
 

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That is an awesome feature! I was considering not getting navigation, but now, hmmmmm, quite possibly
I have to agree. I still personally would not justify even a small price for the NAV, but I can justify $1800 just for this PDR/Valet Monitor!
 

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Ohhh! I agree on the Way cool comment!

I am SO excited we waited for a 2015! Love this!


Curious though... if we do 'valet mode' when we take it in for service, would the dealership not be able to do something important in regards to 'resetting' service alerts or anything like that? Nothing they NEED to access is in then infotainment system?
 

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I've done something similar in my 2014.

I installed a OBD-II bluetooth module on to the OBD port. On my phone I've installed Torque Pro. I lock my phone behind the screen with Torque Pro running logging. Lock it with Valet code.

When I come back I can see everything in the logs!

Now if they knew the module was there they could remove it ! But then that would also scream guilt.

And this is alot cheaper! $15 ( $10 for the module & 4.95 for the app )
 

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My brother told me about a valet at a hotel he worked at taking a vette out for an hour long test drive.
 

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I've done something similar in my 2014.

I installed a OBD-II bluetooth module on to the OBD port. On my phone I've installed Torque Pro.
I like Torque Pro as well. Which bluetooth module did you buy?
 

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I've done something similar in my 2014.

I installed a OBD-II bluetooth module on to the OBD port. On my phone I've installed Torque Pro. I lock my phone behind the screen with Torque Pro running logging. Lock it with Valet code.

When I come back I can see everything in the logs!

Now if they knew the module was there they could remove it ! But then that would also scream guilt.

And this is alot cheaper! $15 ( $10 for the module & 4.95 for the app )
Where do you get that module?
 

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wait if u leave the PDR on, wouldnt that kill the car's battery?
It is a question of how long you can do this. Three months would definitely kill it. Three minutes definitely would not. Where is the happy middle ground? I would guess it would be many, many days, but it would be great if someone could find out the real answer.
 
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