In October, Autoblog announced the finalists for its Technology of the Year award, which recognizes the most compelling new piece of technology on offer in a vehicle, or the best vehicle as a piece of technology itself. Two General Motors products were nominated for the award, the 2015 GMC Canyon for its 4G LTE Wi Fi hotspot and the 2015 Corvette Stingray for its Performance Data Recorder.
GM and OnStar’s Wi Fi technology didn’t make the cut, however the Performance Data Recorder was listed among the finalists for technology of the year. The system allows Corvette owners to record their lap time or driving and watch it with a telemetry overlay which displays speed, RPM, G-readings and more.
The PDR is especially useful as it can be used a dashcam, in case you get into an accident or need proof of another event which happened out on the road, and also has a convenient “Valet Mode.” It wasn’t enough to win over the Autoblog judges, as they gave the award to the ultra-efficient BMW i8 for its carbon-fiber monocoque and clever plug-in-hybrid powertrain, but it’s an impressive feat in today’s age of constantly evolving technology.