All-new Chevrolet Corvette comes with own video and data recorder

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Jan 6, 2014


Chevrolet is introducing an industry-first feature with the all-new Corvette: the Performance Data Recorder, a fully integrated system that enables users \"to record high-definition video--with telemetry overlays--of their driving experiences on and off the track.\"

\"The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,\" said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. \"Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.\"

Developed by Cosworth, the British motorsports engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team\'s data-acquisition system and telemetry electronics, the Performance Data Recorder negates the use of popular aftermarket systems like those of Racelogic and of downloadable smartphone applications.

According to Chevrolet, the Performance Data Recorder has three major components that are all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette\'s interior.

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The first is a 720-pixel, high-definition camera that\'s mounted within the windshield header trim and records the driver\'s point of view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

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The second is a self-contained telemetry recorder that uses a dedicated GPS receiver. Operating at 5Hz or cycles per second, this is supposedly five times faster than the typical in-dash navigation system and allows for more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hardwired into the vehicle\'s Controller Area Network, accessing vehicle information ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.

Lastly, the system features a dedicated SD card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. The recording time supposedly depends on the capacity of the memory card, with an 8GB card recording approximately 200 minutes and a 32GB card storing up to about 800 minutes (or more than 13 hours of driving time).

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Of course, the most important feature of the Performance Data Recorder is that the recorded videos can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked or when the videos are downloaded to a computer for further editing and sharing on social-media sites.

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