Yes, you read that headline right.

This is how troubled the United States is. If you're trying to protect one of your assets, you can actually shoot yourself in the figurative foot and land yourself in legal hot water. No joke.

You may recall how we thought it was cool that Chevrolet is giving owners of the 2015 Corvette the chance to option their product with the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) that's actually intended for the track. Well, General Motors' R&D team pivoted all of the system's capabilities and decided to create a Valet Mode so you could be 100 percent sure the car wasn't abused.

You know how many YouTube videos there are out there of valets beating the piss out of high-performance cars?

In a recent letter to dealers — thank you, CorvetteForums — GM laid out the situation:

General Manager,
Service Advisor, Service Manager, Parts and

Service Director, Parts Manager, New Vehicle Sales Manager,

and Warranty Administrator

This notice is being sent to you regarding 2015 model year Corvettes equipped with the Performance Data
Recorder (UQT).

The Performance Data Recorder (UQT) in these vehicles, when used in Valet Mode, allows a customer to record the driving of their Corvette when the vehicle is not in their control. In Valet Mode,
the PDR will also record activity and conversations that take place in the vehicle.

To help our customers use the Performance Data Recorder (UQT) consistent with legal requirements that pertain to audio recording devices, we will be requiring a very important update to the system
of each affected vehicle in the near future. We expect that the update will be available early next month. At that time, we will provide details about the update and let you know what steps you need to take, if any, to complete the update for vehicles in your inventory.

In the meantime, you must advise any customers who take delivery of an impacted vehicle that they should refrain from using the Valet Mode until the update takes place. If they do use the Valet Mode, they should (i) notify any occupants of the vehicle that they will be recorded while in the vehicle, and (ii) obtain their consent to this recording. It is very important that you explain this to each customer at the time of delivery.

Attached is a copy of a written communication
for you to provide to customers to accomplish this notice. We are sending the same communication to customers who have already taken delivery of a Corvette vehicle equipped with PDR.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation in conveying this important information to your customers.

Crazy, right?

We assume GM will simply add a prompt on the infotainment screen that will force the valet to acknowledge that they are being recorded by the PDR system as other automakers have done with their navigation setups.

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