Corvette will introduce a built-in dashcam in its new model enabling motorists to record their ride, whether mundane or exhilarating.
The camera will be installed near the rear view mirror on 2015 model Corvettes and records what the driver is seeing while capturing in-car audio. Corvette, which is calling the dashcam an industry first, has not listed a price for the new option.
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The system works by integrating a video camera mounted on the dashboard, a GPS receiver, and the car’s computer. It was designed by a company working with the Corvette Racing team, according to CNN Money
“GM turned to Cosworth to help develop the new PDR (Performance Data Recorder), and the system pairs a high-definition 720p video camera with GPS tracking and vehicle telemetry,” wrote RoadAndTrack.com
. “When joined with the free Cosworth Toolbox telemetry software, the PDR becomes one of the most powerful driver-improvement tools out there.”
Drivers who use the device while racing on a certified course can see a map of the track and their lap time. GM says it sees motorists on the track using the video to “analyze their laps in incredible detail,” CNN said, and perhaps share the footage on social media.
Some are wondering if it would be wise to use the dashcam.
“I look forward (to) the news story links about fines and arrests from 'Looky me! Ima speedin’ fool’ videos, posted by people who don’t understand the concept of 'metadata,’” wrote CatastropeMagnet on the social networking site Reddit.
Because the recorder is hardwired into the car, it can access data that includes your speed, G-force, and gear selection. The information is saved into an SD card in the glove compartment.
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