Chevrolet debuts Corvette Efficiency Knowledge Recorder: data audio, video and overlays telemetry (palms-on)
Chevrolet spent a while earlier than CES displaying us the way it plans to supply Corvette house owners a brand new instrument to hone their monitor expertise: the Efficiency Knowledge Recorder (PDR). The system, which was designed with British auto engineering firm Cosworth, will start delivery in 2015 Corvette Stingrays as a manufacturing unit add-on. In its easiest type, the PDR captures video with consumer-selectable ranges of auto telemetry overlaid on the 720p output. In its most complicated, the session knowledge could be dissected by the included Cosworth Toolbox software program in your PC.
The PDR consists of three major bits: audio and video recording, telemetry seize and an SD card slot within the glove compartment the place the info is sorted. The driving force then selects one in every of 4 modes: Monitor, Sport, Touring or Efficiency and with the press of a button on the automotive’s eight-inch show, units the beginning/end line and begins recording the lapping session. As soon as began, the system begins grabbing information from a devoted GPS receiver that captures knowledge factors 5 occasions extra typically than a traditional GPS, a 720p digital camera mounted on the prime of the windscreen begins recording after which hooks into the automotive’s Controller Space Community (CAN) for entry to all of the car’s efficiency knowledge. Throughout our time within the driver’s seat, we used Monitor mode because it data probably the most metrics together with velocity, throttle place, brake drive, rpm, g-pressure, lap time and even a location-based mostly map. When you come to a cease, you’ll be able to shortly replay the video in-automotive or take it offline and look at each nuance of the drive in your desktop.
When loaded in Cosworth Toolbox, the info is superimposed on a Bing map of the monitor and could be in comparison with a reference lap in actual time to assist discover the place you are dropping valuable seconds with nook traces, car velocity and cornering forces. Clearly, the PDR will not promote Corvettes — they do that completely properly all by themselves — however for a novice or professional driver trying to assist enhance their expertise, it appears Chevrolet has put collectively a really compelling suite of instruments.
Billy Steele contributed his driving expertise to this report.