Valet joyrides – like the one in the cult hit of the 1980s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – have been the source of many nightmares for owners of luxury or sports cars. But the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette has a solution.
The latest iteration of the iconic sports car has the option to take those worries away – the owner enters a four-digit code and the car lets the driver know it’s in “Valet” mode. The glove box and a storage compartment in the dashboard lock and the infotainment system becomes inaccessible.
“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car, ” Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles said in a statement. “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 system, that takes advantage of the performance data recorder designed for racetrack aficionados, also has a trick up its sleeve – without any notice, once activated, the feature also starts capturing where the car is going through the windshield mounted camera, while also recording audio in the cabin, besides speed, engine revs, gear position and G-force. The owner can then access the data and footage from valet mode immediately from the car or download it to a computer.