Some of the US states could consider the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is breaking the law: the all-new “Valet Mode” to blame for the felony.
Just like former US President Richard Nixon, owners of the 2015 model year of the sports car can activate the new feature – part of the vehicle’s Performance Data Recorder – and then secretly record the conversations in their car (and performance data) when they’re not there. And that usually happens when valets park the car. That’s a great way to catch a person going on a joy ride with your prized possession, but there’s a catch. In many states recording someday without telling him first is illegal.
“You must advise any customers who take delivery of an impacted vehicle that they should refrain from using Valet Mode until the update takes place,” says a GM notice to dealers.
Besides the fact that dealers would tell customers of the issue, the company is also developing a software “fix” that would remove the option to record audio in the cabin, leaving intact the video and data recording features. When not in “Valet Mode”, the automaker says the owners would still be able to record audio – allowing owners to see how they “performed” while on the track – performance, video and audio wise.