BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Limits of the system

The collision warning has a limited capacity for detection.

As a result, incorrect or delayed warnings may occur. It is possible the following vehicles are not detected:

  • A slow vehicle when driving off at high speed.
  • Vehicles that suddenly swerve or decelerate rapidly.
  • Vehicles with an unusual rear view or with insufficiently visible rear lights.
  • Partially concealed vehicles.
  • Two-wheeled vehicles travelling ahead.

Functional limitations

The function of the KAFAS stereo camera and thus the function of the corresponding Driver Assistance Systems may be impaired in the following situations, for example:

  • Heavy fog, rain, spray or snow.
  • Insufficient light.
  • Strong light in the camera lens.
  • If the field of view of the KAFAS stereo camera or the windscreen is dirty.
  • On sharp bends.
  • With pedestrians up to approximately 2.5 ft (80 cm) in height.
  • Up to 10 seconds after engine start via the START-STOP button.
  • During the calibration process for the KAFAS stereo camera immediately after vehicle delivery or a camera change.

Due to functional limitations and system restrictions it may transpire that warnings and alerts are not issued, are issued too late or are unwarranted. Therefore, be attentive in order to be able to actively intervene at any time. Otherwise, there is a risk of an accident.


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