As we examined back in March, the outgoing Corvette C7 is pretty much devoid of any and all active safety features, save for relatively low-tech front- and rear-view cameras. By comparison, the new 2020 Corvette C8 offers much more in terms of active safety features, underlining its role as a “true supercar for every day.” With that in mind, let’s examine the 2020 Corvette’s raft of active safety features, what they do and which trim level has ‘em.
1. Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Backing up can be tricky sometimes, especially when there’s a huge engine cover behind you covering a big V8 blocking your line of sight. Luckily, the 2020 Corvette C8 comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which utilizes short-range radar to identify when another vehicle is driving in from the left or right while reversing, notifying the driver via the Rear Vision Camera.
2. Side Blind Zone Alert
Similar to Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert uses short-range radar to detect other vehicles to the left and right. However, this system is configured to monitor areas directly to the left and right of the vehicle in order to prevent a collision while changing lanes, as opposed to further behind the vehicle, like the Rear Cross Traffic Alert system.
The Side Blind Zone Alert system displays an amber warning light in the outer portion of the wing mirrors to advise the driver if a vehicle is the blind zone.
3. HD Rear Vision Camera
The Rear Vision Camera is typically activated when the vehicle is in the reverse gear (although it can also be summoned when parked via the center screen). Its function is to show the view behind the vehicle when backing, with the center screen showing the image. The system only works at low speeds.
4. Front Curb View Camera
The Front Curb View Camera works similarly to the Rear Vision Camera, but rather than looking back, this feature feeds the driver a real-time view of what’s directly in front of the vehicle, making it easy to judge distances when parking close to a curb or another vehicle. Like the Rear Vision Camera, the Front Curb View Camera only works at low speeds.
5. Rear Camera Mirror
The Rear Camera Mirror replaces the traditional rearview mirror with a live video feed that’s always on. The system utilizes a rear-facing high-definition camera – mounted on the roof of the 2020 Corvette C8 – to relay a real-time video feed of whatever is directly behind to provide a wider, unobstructed field of view. Those who prefer the traditional mirror can simply “flip” the mirror back, and it switches to a typical mirror.
6. Rear Park Assist
Rear Park Assist provides the driver with a reversing grid and “distance-to-object” indicator, with ultrasonic sensors that can detect objects behind the vehicle 10 inches off the ground and below the bumper level, preventing the driver from backing into something he or she can’t see.
|Rear Cross Traffic Alert||UFG||-||Standard||Standard|
|Side Blind Zone Alert||UFT||-||Standard||Standard|
|HD Rear Vision Camera||UVB||Standard||-||-|
|HD Rear Vision Camera and Front Curb View Camera||UVA||-||Standard||Standard|
|Rear Camera Mirror||DRZ||-||Standard||Standard|
|Rear Park Assist||UD7||Standard||Standard||Standard|
So, the new 2020 Corvette C8 delivers a significant improvement in terms of active safety features, which – like we mentioned – were absent from the Corvette C7. Notably, the C8 does not offer more autonomous driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control or Super Cruise, and for good measure. After all, what’s the point of buying a car like the C8 if not to actually drive it?