BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Operation

The Park Distance Control system is enabled in the following situations:

  • If drive position R reverse gear is engaged when driving readiness is switched on.
  • If the parking assistance button in the switch block next to the controller is pressed when driving readiness is switched on.
  • Auto PDC is activated and all conditions for automatic activation are met.

Park Distance Control
G30 switch block with parking assistance button

Further information about the operating concept for Auto PDC, the Active Park Distance Control function and acoustic signal output may be found in the "G12 Driver Assistance Systems" reference manual.

Deactivation criteria

Similar to other BMW models, the deactivation is distance/speed-based. The switch-off is effected after a journey of approximately 164 ft (50 m) or at a speed over 6 mph (10 km/h).

If a fault develops, a Check Control message "PDC has malfunctioned. Have system checked." is displayed in the Central Information Display (CID). In addition, the detection range of the sensors is shown shaded in the Central Information Display (CID).


     Limits of the system

    Due to the physical limits during the ultrasonic measurement, obstructions may not be detected by the Park Distance Control system. Several examples of this are shown below: If the objects are thin

     Cross Traffic Alert

    The Cross Traffic Alert was used for the first time in the G12. This warning assists the driver when maneuvering out of a parking space and in other everyday situations where it is difficult to see

     Functional principle

    If a moving object is detected, which based on the current speed would be in the area in front of or behind the vehicle in approximately the next two seconds, a visual and acoustic warning is issued



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     Steering column switches

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