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GM says its Corvette Stingray's Valet Mode might be illegal

By Faiming_low on 01 Oct 2014 in New technology

Attached Image GM says its new C7 Corvette Stingray's Valet Mode might be illegal due to the privacy laws that are in place in 12 different U.S states. It seems that Chevrolet dealers have been instructed to tell owners to not use the Valet Mode from now on until a software update is available to make sure the system will be "consistent with legal requirement with regards to audio recording devices."
 
Yup, there are strict laws in states like California that deem the audio recording of people illegal unless both parties permit it. We think it would be a waste if was banned considering how the Valet Mode can monitor the car and lock out the infotainment system and glovebox to protect your car from being abused by the valets.
 
Curious how the Corvette Stingray's Valet Mode work? Watch the video below.


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Turboflat4 Oct 01 2014 10:58 AM

How about first enacting a law that illegalises the forced utilisation of valet services?

 

There are those users who prefer the convenience of a valet service and don't think twice about handing their cars off to a valet to park.

 

And then there are those who genuinely hate the very notion of having their pride-and-joy driven by a stranger. These people are nevertheless forced by some posh establishments to use the valet service. If they decline, they don't get to visit the establishment.

 

I think a law that empowers drivers to decline the valet service and park their own cars (without jeopardising their patronage of the establishment) should first be passed before this "privacy"-minded nonsensical law is enforced. Sometimes, the US legal system is quite ass-backwards.

Ake109 Oct 01 2014 11:05 AM

Yup, 100% agree.

How about first enacting a law that illegalises the forced utilisation of valet services?

 

Darryn Oct 01 2014 11:39 AM

Cannot park elsewhere and walk to such places?  Or take a cab?  Are there places that ban pedestrians....
 

How about first enacting a law that illegalises the forced utilisation of valet services?

 

There are those users who prefer the convenience of a valet service and don't think twice about handing their cars off to a valet to park.

 

And then there are those who genuinely hate the very notion of having their pride-and-joy driven by a stranger. These people are nevertheless forced by some posh establishments to use the valet service. If they decline, they don't get to visit the establishment.

 

I think a law that empowers drivers to decline the valet service and park their own cars (without jeopardising their patronage of the establishment) should first be passed before this "privacy"-minded nonsensical law is enforced. Sometimes, the US legal system is quite ass-backwards.

 

How about first enacting a law that illegalises the forced utilisation of valet services?

 

There are those users who prefer the convenience of a valet service and don't think twice about handing their cars off to a valet to park.

 

And then there are those who genuinely hate the very notion of having their pride-and-joy driven by a stranger. These people are nevertheless forced by some posh establishments to use the valet service. If they decline, they don't get to visit the establishment.

 

I think a law that empowers drivers to decline the valet service and park their own cars (without jeopardising their patronage of the establishment) should first be passed before this "privacy"-minded nonsensical law is enforced. Sometimes, the US legal system is quite ass-backwards.

Darryn Oct 01 2014 11:39 AM

BTW - Video is marked as PRIVATE?  Cannot watch? 

Turboflat4 Oct 01 2014 12:09 PM

Cannot park elsewhere and walk to such places?  Or take a cab?  Are there places that ban pedestrians....
 

 

 

Just trying to be contrarian/argumentative as usual, are we?

 

By the same token - how about the establishment not even bother to offer *any* onsite parking at all, rather than a forced valet "service"? I'll tell you why - because if they put the kybosh on anyone driving to their establishment, their business would likely plummet. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

Darryn Oct 01 2014 12:30 PM

 

Just trying to be contrarian/argumentative as usual, are we?

 

By the same token - how about the establishment not even bother to offer *any* onsite parking at all, rather than a forced valet "service"? I'll tell you why - because if they put the kybosh on anyone driving to their establishment, their business would likely plummet. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

Yeah lor...I never poke you for long time ;) 

 

But really - if any establishment wants to insist on valet - I won't go there.  they can fark off from my business. 

If I feel I must - then bo pian, walk or taxi lor. 

Turboflat4 Oct 01 2014 12:33 PM

Yeah lor...I never poke you for long time ;) 

 

But really - if any establishment wants to insist on valet - I won't go there.  they can fark off from my business. 

If I feel I must - then bo pian, walk or taxi lor. 

 

Yeah, I missed you too buddy. [laugh]

 

The point is: the consumer must have a choice about letting others use their personal property without being discriminated against by any establishment.

 

Before they start going all ACLU about "privacy rights" related to the recording capabilities of a valet mode enabled car, I think that more basic question needs to be addressed first. That was my only point.

LiuDeHua Oct 01 2014 12:50 PM

Singapore got such restaurants that force you to valet?

 

The closest one I experienced was at The Coastal Settlement. To park within the premise, need to use the valet. But that's understandable as they want to squeeze many cars into their small carpark and thus need a valet that has access to all the parked cars in order for earlier cars to exit. If you choose not to use the valet, there's plenty of nearby parking options. So I feel its not to the extend of being compulsory. Compulsory is when there is 1 and only 1 option.

 

I don't like valet too as I'm paranoid about losing stuff in my car.  

Darryn Oct 01 2014 01:01 PM

 

Yeah, I missed you too buddy. [laugh]

 

The point is: the consumer must have a choice about letting others use their personal property without being discriminated against by any establishment.

 

Before they start going all ACLU about "privacy rights" related to the recording capabilities of a valet mode enabled car, I think that more basic question needs to be addressed first. That was my only point.

As far as I'm concerned - you park my car, you give up all rights to privacy.  I can use whatever recording devices I like.  Screw privacy laws

Faiming_low Oct 02 2014 09:26 AM

As far as I'm concerned - you park my car, you give up all rights to privacy.  I can use whatever recording devices I like.  Screw privacy laws

 

Don't think it is illegal here, yet, considering the amount of drivers who have an in-car camera is on the rise.

 

 

BTW - Video is marked as PRIVATE?  Cannot watch? 

 

Apologies Darryn, seems like the official Chevy youtube channel don't like the sharing of their video.

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