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Corvette Valet Camera Can Tell Car's Owner About Any Joyrides

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In this January 13, 2014 file photo, Chevrolet Corvette Z0-6 is revealed at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 06:26 PM

GM is incorporating a valet camera as an option on its 2015 Corvettes so drivers can make sure the only joyrides happening in their sports car are their own.

The latest version of the Corvette, due out in September, has a feature that records where the car goes with a camera mounted in the windshield trim, The Associated Press reports. It also captures audio in the cabin as well as speed, engine revolutions per minute, gear position and G-force. That all helps the car tattle on any valet who doesn't take a slow, direct route to a parking space.

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GM says it's the most extensive attempt by an automaker to thwart valet joyriders, although it's not the first. The automotive website Edmunds.com says Hyundai and Mercedes offer "geofencing," a feature that sets a perimeter and then notifies the owner's smart phone if a car goes beyond it. Chrysler has a valet mode that caps engine speed and horsepower, while Audi lets owners limit engine speed for valets.

With the Corvette, once the owner activates the feature with a four-digit code, the touch screen tells the driver it's in Valet Mode. But it doesn't warn the valet that he's being recorded. The feature also locks the glove box and a storage compartment in the dashboard and shuts down the infotainment system.

Valet Mode started off as a performance data recorder for those who take their Corvettes on the racetrack. GM engineers quickly figured out that it had more uses.

"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."

Data and video from the valet mode can be viewed instantly by the owner on the car's 8-inch color screen when the car is parked, or it can be downloaded to a computer.

The system could go into more mainstream models if feedback is good on the Corvette, GM spokesman Monte Doran said.

The feature is paired with a navigation system and costs $1,795. A 2015 Corvette starts at just under $54,000.

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