Equipment Explained

Active Driving Assistant:  is a camera-based combination of Lane Departure Warning (see description of that term) and Approach Control. All functions of LDW are retained and the following added:


Via a forward-facing camera, at speeds of approximately 9 mph or above, Approach Control detects a potential collision with a vehicle ahead. At up to 37 mph, the system also detects pedestrians on a potential collision course with the vehicle. In either case both visual and audible warnings are given, and the brake system is “primed” to reduce stopping distance. At the higher end of the system’s operating range, up to that same 37 mph, moderate “hazard” braking is applied to reduce vehicle speed and alert the driver to the critical situation.


Approach Control is also referred to as Frontal Collision Warning. Its sensitivity is adjustable in iDrive


Active Blind Spot Detection - Radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle monitor traffic in adjacent lanes, taking in an area from the driver’s blind spot rearward 60 meters/almost 200 ft. An illuminated triangular warning LED appears in the exterior mirror if there is a vehicle in this critical area; if the driver activates the turn signal, the LED blinks and, as with Lane Departure Warning, the steering wheel vibrates to warn the driver not to make a lane change.


Active Cruise Control

The Active Cruise Control function allows the driver to set the desired speed when driving on highways. A radar sensor compares the speed and distance to the vehicle ahead; automatically braking and adjusting speed as necessary. And with the Stop & Go function, the BMW even handles bumper-to-bumper traffic — and helps to reduce the stress level.


Automatic High Beams

Automatic High Beams effectively improves the driver’s forward vision at night by making it more likely that the high beams will be used when it is safe to do so. A sensor behind the rearview mirror monitors light from oncoming or surrounding traffic, and switches the high beams on whenever it is safe to do so. Many drivers are unwilling to take advantage of the additional light afforded by the high beams out of concern for blinding other drivers. Automatic High Beams manage that automatically for the driver. The system will automatically switch from high beams to low beams in the following situations:

  • Oncoming traffic within 3280 feet
  • Preceding traffic within 1300 feet
  • Well lit streets

***Be advised that inclement weather, ice or dirt on the windshield could prevent the sensor from working effectively.


City Collision Mitigation (part of Frontal Collision Warning system) detects a stopped vehicle ahead and warns you if you are approaching the vehicle too quickly. Designed to automatically help avoid a rear-end collision, the system will start braking the vehicle when a collision is approximately 1 second away. City Collision Mitigation can help prevent collisions up to a differing pace of 10mph, and at higher differences can help reduce the severity of a collision. City Collision Mitigation is designed to work at speeds between 2 and 37mph.




Head-Up Display

Head-Up Display places a virtual instrument panel directly in the driver’s line of sight for added safety when driving. This virtual image is projected from the top of the instrument panel onto the windshield, appearing in line with the end of the hood.

Vehicle speed is the only permanent display; others are available by driver choice using the iDrive controller. Optional display information includes:

***Using iDrive, the height and brightness of the image can be customized.


Lane Departure Warning including camera-based Collision Warning registers lane markings at a distance of approximately 160 feet and beyond a speed of roughly 40mph. As soon as you drive over the lane markings on the left or right without activating your indicators, the system warns you by gently vibrating the steering wheel.

This advanced technology helps the driver perceive critical situations at night or during twilight. An infrared camera at the front of the vehicle transmits a picture to the iDrive display; the greater the object’s warmth, the brighter its image on the display.


The camera scans a range up to 1600 ft. ahead of the vehicle. Its maximum 36-degree view is relatively large, and is varied according to the road’s path and driver input. To capture more distant objects at higher speeds, a digital zoom function can be activated. Brightness, contrast and other image parameters can be adjusted via the iDrivesystem; Night Vision can be turned on or off via a switch in the lighting control group.

Night Vision is particularly valuable under such conditions as –

  • Poor vision on dark, rural, undivided highways
  • Obstacles or sharp curves that low headlight beams reveal too late
  • Less-than-ideal driver judgments regarding speed, following distance and other driving variables
  • Blinding headlights from opposing traffic.


With Night Vision, the driver can possibly recognize danger significantly earlier than with the headlights alone. Thus conceivably, the driver might be able to begin reacting to a possible hazard sooner.


Night Vision includes Pedestrian Detection, which detects the direction a pedestrian near the roadway is moving. If it’s parallel to the road, the system senses and displays the presence on the iDrive display (or, if present, Head-Up Display) but doesn’t warn the driver. If the pedestrian is on a path to cross the road, it displays a warning 1.


As with many sophisticated technologies, Night Vision is highly beneficial, but no substitute for careful driving or attention to traffic and the road ahead. Weather conditions can affect the function of Night Vision, in that rain or fog filters infrared light and thus degrades the quality of images it captures.





Pedestrian Warning is designed to help prevent and reduce the severity of an accident involving pedestrians. The system alerts drivers approximately 1 second before a possible accident with both visual and acoustic warnings while the brakes pre-fill for quicker response. If the driver does not break the vehicle, the system will automatically begin braking shortly thereafter.


  • Operating speed between 2-37mph.
  • Can track multiple pedestrians.
  • System will cancel when significant steering intervention or acceleration intervention occurs.
  • System works in daylight (dawn till dusk) while Night Visionis intended to cover nighttime conditions (if equipped).
  • Detects walking and standing pedestrians.


Parking Assistant

The Parking Assistant aids the driver in safely and comfortably maneuvering into parking spaces running parallel to the road.

The system supports the driver from the start in choosing an appropriately-sized parking space. Ultrasound sensors integrated in the side turn indicators measure the length and width of possible parking spaces when traveling at speeds up to 22 mph. The system looks for parking spaces exceeding the length of the car by roughly 4 feet (47 inches to be exact).

When Parking Assistant is not activated, this measuring process continues in the background without emitting any particular signals to the driver. When the driver activates the system via a button on the center console, the Parking Assistant displays a blue symbol when it has found a suitable parking space to the left or right of the vehicle. At this time, the driver can stop the vehicle and place it in Reverse gear in order to start the parking maneuver.

The vehicle now takes charge of the parking process. From this point, all the driver has to do is operate the gas and brake pedals and supervise the actual driving maneuver, while the Parking Assistant moves the steering wheel appropriately in order to back up precisely into the parking space available.

Acoustic and visual messages from Park Distance Control and from the Top View camera system help the driver in adjusting the distance from other vehicles or obstacles ahead of or behind the car in the parking space chosen.

NOTE: Automatic maneuvering will be aborted if the driver turns the steering wheel.


Park Distance Control

Park Distance Control (PDC) system includes four ultrasonic sensors positioned on both the front and rear bumpers that detect potential parking hazards.

If an object is detected, the driver is alerted via both audible and visual warnings. An auditory "beep" will be transmitted through the speakers in the appropriate corner of the vehicle cabin. The "beeping" becomes more rapid as the object nears, ultimately ending in a constant "flat line" tone when the object is within 1 ft. of the vehicle.

Additionally, a graphic display of the vehicle appears in the iDrive monitor, and uses red, yellow and green color indicators to visualize the location and distance of the unseen objec







Rear View Camera

The Rear View Camera is mounted in the trunk lid or, as in the MY12 6 Series , integrated in the trunklid under the BMW “roundel” badge, which protects it from dirt. The system uses the iDrive display to show a high-resolution, wide-angle view of the space behind the vehicle. To better assist the driver, the system can also provide graphic Lines that represent the vehicle’s actual path when backing up. An additional set of graphic Lines can be superimposed onto this image to provide the driver with a preview of where the vehicle would travel if maximum steering angle were used. These two paths are visually differentiated from one another on the screen.

To order the Rear View Camera, the vehicle must also be equipped with Park Distance Control. PDC affords the driver even greater peace of mind by providing additional graphic displays and audible alerts when nearing objects at both the front and rear of the car.


The Remote Control Parking function allows the driver to conveniently hop out of the vehicle before parking it via remote control by moving it forward into, or reversing out of, a tight parking space or garage. The driver activates the remote-controlled parking function from outside the vehicle via the Display Key.


Customer Benefits:

Efficient use of narrow parking spots.

Avoid scratching doors while getting in/out of vehicle.

Improved comfort when getting in/out of vehicle.


Please note the following operating instructions and parameters when using the Remote Control Parking function:



Vehicle can be moved forward and straight into a parking spot.  Vehicle can be reversed straight back out of a parking spot.

Vehicle can steer up to 3 degrees in either direction to correct for misalignment when moving forward into a parking spot.  No steering correction is possible when reversing out of a parking spot.

Pressing appropriate arrows on the Display Key screen signify whether user wants vehicle to move forward into a spot or reverse out of a parked spot.

"P" button on side of Display Key must be continually pressed; vehicle immediately stops moving if "P" is released.

Vehicle will automatically brake if person/object moves in front or behind the car during operation.


Operating Parameters

Engine must be turned off and driver must stand outside of vehicle and then re-start engine via Display Key.

Display Key must be within a maximum radius of 10 feet to the side or rear of the vehicle (minimal range from front).

Remote Control Parking antenna is located under the back bumper, thus max range achieved standing directly behind the vehicle.

Engine will automatically shut off after 30 seconds once the car is idle.

Vehicle can be moved forward using Remote Control Parking for a maximum of 33 feet.

Any interaction with the vehicle (opening door, pressing accelerator, turning steering wheel, etc.) will cancel operation.

The Side View and Top View Cameras come together as a single stand-alone option  (5DL), available only on vehicles equipped with the Rear View Camera.


The Side View Cameras are positioned ahead of the front wheels on both sides of the vehicle or (on current X6, X5, X4 and X3 models) at the center of the BMW “kidney” grilles. They produce a wide-angle view of the area directly to the sides for up to 330 feet in both directions. A yellow line in each image indicates the vehicle front, thus positioning the vehicle relative to traffic: This helps the driver avoid pulling into otherwise unseen traffic when emerging from an alley or garage.


The Top View Cameras provide an even more comprehensive and complete picture of the BMW and its surroundings.Top View uses a camera in each exterior mirror and the Rear View Camera and combines these images via a central processor into a picture in the iDrive display showing the vehicle and its surroundings from a 270-degree “bird’s-eye” perspective. This comprehensive overview helps the driver maneuver precisely, even in blind or confined spaces