Some recently released cars offer built-in cameras and full driving data recorders. Most notably, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the 2016 Camaro with the 1LE performance package offer Chevy’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR) system. The Chevy system uses a 720p HD camera installed in the rearview mirror housing. There’s also a microphone to record in-car audio, plus full telemetry that records GPS data as well as engine speed, throttle position, current gear, brake force, steering wheel angle, and more. All of this is recorded and can be saved and uploaded.
Cadillac’s new CT6 also includes the ability to capture the real-time feed from both its forward and rearward-looking cameras, and to save all such recordings to an SD card. With the rapid adoption of 360-degree surround cameras across the industry, it’s just a matter of time until more manufacturers get on board.