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BMW 5 Series: Driver profiles

Concept

In the driver profiles, individual settings for several drivers can be stored and called up again when required.

General information

There are three driver profiles with which personal vehicle settings can be stored. Every vehicle key has been assigned one of these driver profiles.

If the vehicle is unlocked using a vehicle key, the assigned personal driver profile will be activated.

All settings stored in the driver profile are automatically applied.

If several drivers use their own vehicle keys, the vehicle will apply the personal settings as it is being unlocked. These settings are also restored, if the vehicle has been used in the meantime by a person with a different vehicle key.

Changes to the settings are automatically stored in the driver profile currently activated.

If another driver profile is selected via iDrive, the settings stored in it will be applied automatically.

The new driver profile is assigned to the vehicle key that is currently in use.

There is an additional guest profile available that is not assigned to any vehicle key. It can be used to apply settings in the vehicle without changing the personal driver profiles.

Functional requirements

For the system to be able to identify the driver profile associated to a particular driver, the detected vehicle key must be clearly allocated to the driver.

This is the case when:

  • The driver is only carrying his or her own vehicle key.
  • The driver unlocks the vehicle.
  • The driver gets into the vehicle through the driver's door.

Active driver profile

After switching on the Control Display, the name of the active driver profile is displayed.

Select driver profile.

As soon as the engine is started or any key is pressed, the last selected display is shown on the Control Display.

To exit the welcome screen via iDrive: "OK".

Adjusting

The settings for the following systems and functions are stored in the active driver profile. The scope of storable settings depends on country and equipment.

  • Unlocking and locking.
  • Lights.
  • Climate control.
  • Radio.
  • Instrument cluster.
  • Programmable memory buttons.
  • Volumes, tone.
  • Control Display.
  • TV.
  • PDC Park Distance Control.
  • Rearview camera.
  • Panorama View.
  • Head-up Display.
  • Driving Dynamics Control.
  • Seat position, exterior mirror position, steering wheel position.

    Both the positions saved via the seat memory and the last position set are saved.

  • Intelligent Safety.
  • Night vision.

Profile management

Selecting a driver profile

Regardless of the vehicle key in use, a different driver profile may be activated. This allows you to call up personal vehicle settings, even if you did not unlock the vehicle with your own vehicle key.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. Select driver profile.

4. "OK".

  • All settings stored in the selected driver profile are automatically applied.
  • The called-up driver profile is assigned to the vehicle key being used at the time.
  • If the driver profile is already assigned to a different vehicle key, this driver profile will apply to both vehicle keys.

Guest profile

The guest profile is for individual settings that are stored in none of the three personal driver profiles.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. "Drive off (guest)".

4. "OK".

The guest profile cannot be renamed. It is not assigned to the vehicle key currently in use.

Renaming a driver profile

A personal name can be assigned to the active driver profile to avoid confusion between the driver profiles.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. Select driver profile.

symbol The driver profile marked with this symbol can be renamed.

4. "Change driver profile name".

5. Enter profile name.

6. Resetting a driver profile Select the symbol.

Resetting a driver profile

The settings of the active driver profile are reset to their factory settings.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. Select driver profile.

symbol The driver profile marked with this symbol can be reset.

4. "Reset driver profile".

5. "OK".

Exporting driver profiles

Most settings of the active driver profile can be exported.

Exporting is helpful when storing and retrieving personal settings, for instance before delivering the vehicle to a workshop. The stored driver profiles can be taken into another vehicle.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. Select driver profile.

symbol The driver profile marked with this symbol can be exported.

4. "Export driver profile".

5. Select a storage device for exporting the driver profile.

  • "USB device"
    Select the USB storage device, as needed.
  • Online
    Via the BMW ConnectedDrive customer portal.

Importing driver profiles

The existing settings of the active driver profile are overwritten with the settings of the imported driver profile.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Driver profiles".

3. Select the driver profile to be overwritten.

symbol The driver profile marked with this symbol can be overwritten.

4. "Import driver profile".

5. Select a storage device for importing the driver profile.

  • USB storage device: "USB device" Select USB storage device as needed.
  • Online.

6. Select the driver profile to be imported.

System limits

A clear assignment between the vehicle key and driver may not be possible in the following cases, for example.

  • The passenger unlocks the vehicle with his or her own vehicle key, but another person is driving.
  • The driver unlocks the vehicle via Comfort Access and has multiple vehicle keys with him or her.
  • The driver changes, but the vehicle is not locked and unlocked.
  • Multiple vehicle keys are located outside of the vehicle.

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