BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Operation

Cross Traffic Alert can be switched on and off via the iDrive menu by making the following selection via the controller:

  • "My Vehicle"
  • "Vehicle settings"
  • "Parking"
  • "Cross traffic alert"

Cross Traffic Alert
G30 Cross Traffic Alert activation on the CID

  1. "Vehicle settings"
  2. "Parking"
  3. "Cross traffic alert" (switching the Cross Traffic Alert on and off)

If the Cross Traffic Alert has been activated in the iDrive menu, the function is switched on automatically as soon as the Park Distance Control or Panorama View is active.

The Cross Traffic Alert is deactivated automatically in the following situations:

  • If the driver's vehicle is travelling at a speed higher than walking speed (threshold value approximately 4 mph (7 km/h) ).
  • If the Traffic Jam Assistant is active.
  • If the driver is currently parking using the Parking Maneuvering Assistant.

Limits of the system

The function may be restricted in the following situations:

  • If there are other objects in the field of view of the sensors that are concealing the cross traffic.
  • Heavy fog, rain or snow.
  • If the bumper is dirty or iced over.
  • If stickers have been attached near the radar sensors on the bumper.
  • If the speed of the approaching vehicle is very high.
  • If crossing objects are moving very slowly.
  • On sharp bends.

If a trailer socket is being used, for example to operate a trailer or bicycle carrier, the Cross Traffic Alert is not available for the area behind the vehicle.


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