BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Parallel parking/perpendicular parking

The Parking Maneuvering Assistant function facilitates maneuvering into parking spaces that are parallel (parallel parking) and perpendicular (bay parking) to the roadway.

Curbside parking

Parking Maneuvering Assistant
G30 Principle of curbside parking

Perpendicular parking

Parking Maneuvering Assistant
G30 Principle of perpendicular parking

System components

Below is an overview of important sensors and operating elements:

  • The parking assistance button is the central control panel for the Parking Maneuvering Assistant function (position 8).
  • Two additional ultrasonic sensors in the front bumper measure parking spaces while driving (position 1).
  • The distance from an obstruction is measured by four ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper panel and four additional ultrasonic sensors in the front bumper panel (positions 11 and 19).
  • Two additional ultrasonic sensors are installed in the rear bumper to precisely detect the size of a transverse parking space during the parking maneuver. The additional ultrasonic sensors measure the distance to detected objects.

Parking Maneuvering Assistant
G30 Parking Maneuvering Assistant system components

  1. Ultrasonic sensors of Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA)
  2. Digital Motor Electronics (DME)
  3. Body Domain Controller (BDC)
  4. Central Information Display (CID)
  5. Head Unit High
  6. Advanced Crash Safety Module (ACSM)
  7. Controller (CON)
  8. Parking assistance button
  9. Ultrasonic sensors, Park Distance Control, rear side
  10. Control unit for Parking Maneuvering Assistant (PMA)
  11. Ultrasonic sensors, Park Distance Control, rear
  12. Steering column switch cluster (SZL)
  13. Instrument panel (KOMBI)
  14. Control unit for Optional Equipment System (SAS)
  15. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  16. Digital Engine Electronics 2 (DME2)
  17. Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  18. Electronic transmission control (EGS)
  19. Ultrasonic sensors for Park Distance Control, front


     System wiring diagram

    The system wiring diagram on the next page shows an overview of the system components used when parking and maneuvering the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle equipment, partial scopes may also be in

     Functional principle

    The system measures potential parking spaces when driving past at a speed below approximately 22 mph (35 km/h) even without the system having been activated. The parking spaces are measured by

     Functional prerequisites

    To use the Parking Maneuvering Assistant function, the following basic prerequisites must be met: The doors must be closed The trunk lid must be closed The driver's seat belt must be fastened Th


     Displays in the instrument cluster

    Gray steering wheel symbol: The system is on standby. Green steering wheel symbol: The system is activated. Yellow steering wheel symbol and a signal sounds, if applicable: System interruption is imminent. Green steering wheel symbol and lane marking symbol: The system supports the driv

     Speed Limit Warning

    The driver has the option of setting a speed at which a warning is issued when the system is activated and the preset speed is exceeded. Operation The speed limit warning can be switched on and off in the iDrive menu, as well as the speed setting at which the warning should be issued, by making th

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