BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Overview

Buttons in the vehicle

Intelligent Safety

Intelligent Safety

Thermal image

CameraThermal image


The camera is automatically heated when the external

The camera is automatically heated when the external temperatures are low.

When the vehicle lighting is switched on, the camera objective is cleaned at regular intervals when the windshield washer system is activated.

Switching on

Switching on automatically

When it is dark outside, the system is automatically active after every driving off.

Switching on the thermal image

The thermal image from the Night Vision camera can be displayed on the Control Display in addition to the warning function. This function has no effect on object detection.

Press the button.

The image from the camera is displayed on the Control Display.

Adjusting the thermal image

Brightness and contrast can be adjusted, when the thermal image is switched on.

Via iDrive:

1. Select brightness or contrast.

  • "Brightness".
  • "Contrast".

2. Set the desired value.

Warning function


  Animal warning.Person warning.

Symbol lights up  Animal warning.

Symbol lights up red.


Symbol flashes red and a signal sounds.

Acute warning.

the vehicle equipment, a Alternatively, depending on the vehicle equipment, a red warning triangle lights up or flashes in the instrument cluster.

The displayed symbol may vary and shows the side of the road on which the person or animal was detected.

Warning of people or animals in danger

If a collision with a person or an animal detected in this way is imminent, a warning symbol appears on the instrument cluster and in the Head-up Display.

Although both the shape and the heat radiation are analyzed, false warnings cannot be ruled out.

Warning area in front of the vehicle

The warning area for the person warning consists

The warning area for the person warning consists of two parts:

  • Central area, arrow 1, directly in front of the vehicle.
  • Expanded area, arrows 2, to the right and left of the central area.

With animal warnings, no distinction is made between the central or expanded area.

The entire area moves along with the vehicle in the direction of the steering angle and changes with the vehicle speed. As the vehicle speed increases, the area becomes, for instance longer and wider.


Prewarning for persons is displayed when a person is detected in the central area immediately in front of the vehicle as well as on the left or right side in the extended area.

Prewarning for animals is displayed when an animal is detected in the front of the vehicle.

If a prewarning is issued, intervene by braking or making an evasive maneuver.

Acute warning

Acute warning is displayed if a person or an animal is detected in direct proximity in front of the vehicle.

If an acute warning is issued, brake or make an evasive maneuver immediately.

Display in the Head-up Display

The warning is displayed simultaneously in the Head-up Display and on the instrument cluster.

System limits

Basic limits

The system may not be fully functional in the following situations:

  • On steep hills, in steep depressions or in tight curves.
  • If the camera is soiled or damaged.
  • In heavy fog, wet conditions, or snowfall.
  • At very high external temperatures.

Limits of pedestrian and animal detection

In some situations, it may occur that pedestrians are detected as animals or animals as pedestrians.

Small animals are not detected by the object detection function, even if they are clearly visible in the image.

Limited detection, for instance in the following circumstances:

  • People or animals who are fully or partially covered, especially when their heads are covered.
  • People who are not in an upright position, for instance lying down.
  • Cyclists on unconventional bicycles (e.g., recumbent bicycles).
  • After physical damage to the system, for instance after an accident.


     Lane departure warning

     Concept, General information, Safety information

    Concept The lane departure warning alerts when the vehicle on roads with lane markings is about to leave the lane. General information This camera-based system warns starting at a minimum speed. The


    Button in the vehicle Intelligent Safety Camera The camera is installed near the interior mirror. Keep the windshield in front of the interior mirror clean and clear. Switching on/off Switching on


     Fuel System

    Fuel preparation The fuel preparation has been modified to meet the requirements of emission legislation. The high pressure pump and the injectors have been revised and designed for a fuel injection pressure of 350 bar. Fuel preparation, B58TU engine Injector Holding clamp Rail pressure

     Control units on the PT-CAN

    Digital Motor Electronics (DME, DME2) Digital Motor Electronics DME and DME2 The illustration shows the DME and DME2 control units. The DME control unit is on the left side (seen in the direction of travel). The DME is responsible for the control of the combustion engine. In addition, the DME is

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