BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Operation

There are two ways to activate the Parking Maneuvering Assistant function:

  • Activation via parking assistance button
  • Activation by "Engaging reverse gear" followed by "iDrive controller operation"

Activation via parking assistance button

When the PMA is activated via the parking assistance button in the center console, the parking assistance menu in the Central Information Display (CID) is displayed. As soon as a parking space is found, the driver receives handling instructions that guide him though the parking procedure with the support of the system.

Parking Maneuvering Assistant
G30 Switch block with parking assistance button

  1. Parking assistance button

Activation by "Engaging reverse gear" followed by "iDrive controller operation"

When reverse gear is engaged, the Parking Maneuvering Assistant menu is displayed on the Central Information Display accompanied by the status of the parking space search. The Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA) is, however, not yet activated. This is indicated to the driver by the Parking Maneuvering Assistant symbol in the toolbar of the Central Information Display. In order to park supported by the system, the parking operation must be activated via the controller by selecting the corresponding symbol in the symbol bar at the Central Information Display (CID).

Park procedure

As soon as a parking space is found, the driver is instructed to stop the vehicle and confirm the parking space by using the turn indicator corresponding to the parking direction. During the entire parking procedure, the driver receives further instructions that guide him though the entire parking procedure with the support of the system.

The driver is prompted to take his hands from the steering wheel during automatic parking and hold down the parking assistance button until the parking procedure is complete.

Deactivation criteria

Manual deactivation criteria

The Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA) can be deactivated at any time, if necessary, by the driver via the controller by selecting the corresponding symbol in the symbol bar on the Central Information Display (CID). Another way to deactivate the Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA) is to release the parking assistance button in the switch block next to the iDrive controller.

If a fault develops, a Check Control message "The PDC has malfunctioned. Have system checked." is displayed in the Central Information Display (CID).

Automatic deactivation criteria

The Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA) is switched off automatically when the following events occur:

  • The parking assistance button is released.
  • The driver holds on to the steering wheel or steers himself.
  • A gear is selected that does not correspond to the instruction on the control display.
  • When accelerating.
  • The parking brake is secured.
  • The turn indicator opposite the required parking side is switched on.
  • At speeds above approximately 6 mph (10 km/h).
  • Possibly if the roadway is covered with snow or is slippery.
  • The trunk lid is open.
  • Possibly if the objects are difficult to overcome, e.g. curbs.
  • If obstructions suddenly appear.
  • A maximum number of parking maneuvers or the parking duration has been exceeded.

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