You'll never have to worry about leaving your expensive sports car with the valet again - if you're driving a new Corvette, that is. Chevy is outfitting each car with a state-of-the-art Valet Mode to help you keep track of your vehicle.
You never know what the valet's going to do with your pricey car. Just ask the owner of this Lamborghini.
Chevy's system monitors everything the valet does and makes sure your valuables are locked up tight. You activate Valet Mode through car's settings menu and use a four-digit PIN code.
Once you activate it, the car locks both your glove compartment and the storage box behind the display. It also turns off the radio and in-car information system to make sure the valet isn't distracted.
“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.”
The Corvette also has another new feature that works with Valet Mode - a Performance Data Recorder. It's an in-car dash cam system that looks like a video game. It records HD video, audio and GPS location information while driving. It also records speed, RPMs and G-force.
But, the recorder isn't just for valets. You can use it to analyze your own driving habits on the in-car screen or your home computer. There's an SD card slot in the slot to save all of the information.