The Performance Data Recorder revealed everything.
A large amount of data is recorded by our smartphones and wearables like smartwatches. While much of this information is useful, it can also be incriminating and the same now applies to modern vehicles. Earlier this year, we reported on how vehicle forensics kits can be obtained to uncover a scary amount of information about you that your car is already recording. We also saw how a Tesla Model 3's camera system scared off an attempted break-in. Now, two vehicle technicians have been exposed after taking a client's 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 for a joyride at speeds way above the legal limit.
In a lengthy video, the disgruntled owner of the 2020 Corvette shared footage from his vehicle's Performance Data Recorder (PDR) after it had been to Hendricks Chevrolet in California. Not only does the PDR record sound and visuals but it also displays the speed at which the car is traveling. At the 17:48 mark in the video, the technicians entered a 65-mph zone and briefly pushed the Corvette up to a speed of 104 mph. While that speed is easy to reach in a car with close to 500 horsepower, it doesn't excuse the technicians going over the limit, especially by such a wide margin.
What's also peculiar is that you'd expect technicians to fully understand the cars they're working on and to be aware of features like the PDR. Like the owner of this Corvette, the owner of a Nissan Altima also found that a technician had taken his car for a high-speed joyride. In that instance, it was a smartphone car monitoring app that alerted the owner.
In the case of the Corvette, the technicians covered nearly 16 miles based on the data recorded by the PDR. They can be heard complaining about Chevrolet itself and the modules used in the cars, which doesn't exactly add to the owner's peace of mind. Needless to say, he'll be switching service centers.