BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Operation

The touch screen display and Remote Control Parking button on the BMW display key are used to operate the Remote Control Parking function. This makes the function intuitive to use and provides the driver with messages on the action required to operate the function and system limits.

The remote-controlled parking button must be pressed and held throughout the entire parking procedure, otherwise parking will not start or the vehicle will initiate emergency braking if the button is released (electromechanical parking brake subsequently applied). If the data transfer between the vehicle and BMW display key is interrupted, the vehicle is also decelerated to a standstill, as the data can only be transmitted in the vicinity of the vehicle.

If objects are detected, the system brakes the vehicle to a stop and prevents it from rolling away (activates the service brake and engages selector position "P"). A corresponding notification is shown to the driver in the BMW display key.

The braking process because of a detected obstacle is initiated only if this obstacle is permanently detected by the ultrasonic sensors. Objects that are, for example, too flat or are outside the detection range of the ultrasonic sensors cannot be detected. If the driver is not paying attention, there is a risk of an accident or danger of damage.

The function can continue within 30 seconds if the detected object has been removed. If this time period expires, Remote Control Parking switches off the engine and applies the electric parking brake.

The parking procedure can be continued by activating the system again.

The driver must meet the following basic prerequisites before the Remote Control Parking function can be used:

  • Position the vehicle facing forwards and as centrally and straight as possible in front of the parking space (maximum 3º turn angle and 4 in (10 cm) offset to the center of the parking space are compensated for by small steering adjustments).
  • The vehicle should be no more than approximately 6½ ft (2 m) away from the parking space.
  • Apply the electromechanical parking brake to secure the vehicle against rolling away.
  • Switch off driving readiness with the start/stop button.

The graphic below shows an overview of activation of the Remote Control Parking function and its operating logic.

Remote Control Parking
Activation: Remote Control Parking

  1. Activate the display by pressing the button on the side of the key and then unlock it by swiping your finger upwards on the display.
  2. Establish a connection to the vehicle. To do so, either change to the Remote Control Parking menu and then hold down the Remote Control Parking button, or hold down the Remote Control Parking button immediately after unlocking the display.
  3. Start the engine using the BMW display key.
  4. Specify the direction of travel of the vehicle by pressing the corresponding arrow symbol on the button. The vehicle will move all the time the arrow symbol is touched. If the direction arrow is released, the vehicle brakes to a stop by means of a gentle brake intervention.

The maximum distance the vehicle will travel corresponds to 1½ times the vehicle length.

The BMW display key can likewise show the driver a variety of targeted instructions and fault messages, giving him direct feedback and information on operating the Remote Control Parking function.

The system does not relieve the driver of personal responsibility for correctly judging the traffic and parking situation. Due to the limits of the system, it cannot automatically react adequately in all situations. There is a risk of an accident or danger of material damage. The driver should check the traffic conditions and parking situation, and react accordingly if required.

Unauthorized persons, e.g. children, can set the vehicle in motion using the BMW display key, without anyone being in the vehicle. There is still a risk of an accident. Protect the BMW display key from unauthorized use.

Cut-off events

Cut-off events include:

  • Opening the doors, hood or trunk lid.
  • Pressing the brake or accelerator pedal (carried out by a person inside the vehicle).
  • Steering interventions.
  • Operating the electric parking brake or gear selector switch (carried out by a person inside the vehicle).
  • Exceeding the maximum movement range.
  • Selecting another function using the BMW display key.
  • System fault.
  • Failure or contamination of the ultrasonic sensors.
  • State of charge of the BMW display key battery too low (remote-controlled parking not possible below approximately 50% absolute state of charge).
  • Releasing the Remote Control Parking button.
  • Background noise.
  • BMW display key outside the operating range.
  • Maximum speed exceeded.
  • Exceeding the 5% maximum incline or downhill gradient.


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