From the January 24th production date onward, certain examples of the mid-engine sports car will be built without Rear Park Assist. Customers who receive these vehicles will be given a $50 credit in lieu of the feature’s absence. GM is expected to offer a retrofit of the feature to owners of affected vehicles before the end of the year, as well.
GM Authority covered the limited availability for Rear Park Assist in certain 2022 model-year Chevy vehicles in a previous article. The limited availability of this feature is the result of the ongoing global microchip shortage and General Motors’ efforts to keep its plants up and running whilst also having limited access to the critical electronic components. In addition to the Corvette, other Chevy models that have limited availability for this feature currently include the Chevy Camaro coupe, Chevy Silverado pickup, Chevy Trailblazer crossover as well as Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban full-size SUVs.
GM said in its 2021 earnings report that it is observing an improvement in the chip supply and expects the availability of chips to improve significantly throughout 2022. For this reason, it’s possible Rear Park Assist will return to usual availability for the 2022 Corvette Stingray and other Chevy models in the next few weeks or months.
Rear Park Assist is the official name of a GM safety feature that is usually referred to as a backup sensor. When the vehicle senses a nearby object while in Reverse, the sensors will actively detect the distance to the object. The vehicle will then beep and increasingly quicker intervals as the vehicle approaches the object to indicate its physical distance to the vehicle. The vehicle’s instrument cluster also shows locations for front- or rear-detected objects close to the vehicle with a sequence of bars.
Production of the 2022 Corvette takes place at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky.