The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is introducing a Performance Data Recorder feature for tracking driving performance as well as keeping an eye on valet services. This sounds great except it may be illegal in some of the United States of America.
General Motors has sent an advisory letter to Chevrolet dealers and published on CorvetteForum.com which informs 2015 Corvette owners about the legality of the Performance Data Recorder system. At the heart of the problem is the new valet mode.
The valet mode allows owners to record the driving of their Corvette as well as any activity and conversations taking place. It can also lock glove boxes. This cool feature gives owners peace of mind when using a valet service.
However, using audio recording devices without consent is illegal in 15 states. They are:
- New Hampshire
- Washington (state)
For these states, consent is required from both parties. If not, it could be a felony. But that leaves us wondering about all of the videos people take from their phones these days, and how that differs from the Corvette’s PDR system. Or how the NSA’s illegal wiretapping continues to exist. At any rate, Chevrolet says it is working on a fix and should have a new software update next month to address this problem. In the meantime, Chevrolet dealers have been asked to tell customers and owners about the legality issue and they “should” refrain from using it.