BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems 
in BMW M Cars.

A suite of innovative technologies provide in-car support and guarantee the highest level of comfort and safety. So you can focus on pure driving pleasure.

Driving Assistant.

The Driving Assistant package spots danger before it’s too late, with Lane Departure Warning detecting lane markings and alerting the driver of an unintentional lane change.

Additionally, if a vehicle ahead brakes suddenly, the Approach Control Warning alerts the driver by first flashing a symbol, then emitting a warning sound, and finally applying the brakes.

Pedestrian Warning with light city braking operates in a similar way, warning of a potential collision with a pedestrian in urban driving situations up to 60 km/h by emitting a warning and pre-conditioning the brakes for a faster response.

In the event of an emergency, the system applies the brakes. (The identification of pedestrians and cyclists is only active in daylight).

BMW Selective Beam

BMW Selective Beam.

With BMW Selective Beam, driving at night is safer and more comfortable. It provides excellent visibility in the dark without dazzling other drivers, selectively excluding them from the high-beam headlight distribution.

BMW Rear View Camera screen shot

Rear View Camera.

The Rear View camera allows you to view the area behind the car in the Control Display while manoeuvring and parking. Interactive track lines indicate whether the chosen parking space is big enough, and support the driver by marking areas in colour on the Control Display.

BMW M Head-up Display

BMW M Head-Up Display.

The full-colour BMW M Head-up Display projects important driving information directly into the driver's field of vision. With the press of a button, the driver can switch to the sportier M-specific display.

Along with a digital speedometer, it also shows the selected gear and a multi-coloured rpm symbol including shift lights, navigation instructions and Speed Limit Info. Projections at eye-height mean the driver never loses focus on the road.

Not available on the BMW M2.

Speed Limit display.

Speed Limit Info keeps you informed of speed limits as well as overtaking restrictions. It uses a special camera to monitor relevant traffic signs then processes this information together with data from the navigation system.

As other components in the vehicle, such as the rain sensor, can also be used, the system can inform you of variable speed limits – for example, in wet weather or when there are temporary restrictions.

iDrive touch controller

iDrive Touch Controller.

The iDrive Touch Controller lets you control the iDrive system with just one hand. Use the integrated touchpad to easily enter destinations and other key information into the navigation system. For the driver, this keeps distraction from the road to an absolute minimum and all functions operated using the Controller can be conveniently viewed in the iDrive display. 

Camera mounted in rear-view mirror housing

Anti-dazzle High-beam Assistant.

The High-Beam Assist continuously illuminates the road at night with full beam without dazzling other road users. As the driver, you benefit from the power and range of the permanently activated high beam enabling you to spot hazards earlier, making your journey significantly safer.

Parking Assistant.

Parking Assistant makes parallel parking effortless, helping you to find a parking space and to manoeuvre into it. When a large enough gap has been found, simply switch on the turn indicator and Parking Assistant will do the steering. All you need to do is operate the accelerator, gears and brakes.

Camera systems.

BMW’s sophisticated camera technology allows you to manoeuvre your BMW safely into the smallest of spaces. Park Distance Control, Surround View and the Rear View camera keeps you fully in control when parking and at road exits.

Surround View shows your vehicle in the iDrive display with the aid of a projection from above. The accompanying side-view system guarantees view when visibility is restricted at road exits, while the Rear View camera provides welcome support when reversing at speeds of less than 20 km/h.

BMW Dynamic Safety - tiredness warning

Dynamic Safety.

Active Protection is the BMW preventive protection system, designed to keep you safe while travelling in a BMW. Using a range of sensors, the system has multiple features and will warning if the car detects signs of tiredness, pretension safety belts in critical situations, as well as returning seats to their upright position and closing windows and sliding roofs. In the event of an accident, the system also brakes the vehicle to a stop.

BMW Night Vision

BMW Night Vision and Dynamic Spotlight.

BMW Night Vision with Person Recognition detects people and large animals at long distances, and selectively illuminates them. This uses a thermal image camera in the radiator grille, relaying images of the road ahead directly onto the iDrive display.

The system takes into account the vehicle’s speed and steering angle to calculate whether the identified objects pose an actual risk. In the event of acute danger, a flashing red icon is displayed in the video image and in the BMW Head-up Display, an alarm is sounded and the brakes primed for optimum readiness.

BMW Night Vision is available on the M5 Sedan, M6 Coupé, M6 Convertible, M6 Gran Coupé, X5 M and X6 M.

BMW Professional Navigation System


The Navigation System Professional is perfectly integrated into the iDrive Controller and iDrive display and features sleek design and a superior range of services. The system can be used hands free and comes with a USB interface and voice control, DVD drive, as well as a 20 GB memory for audio files.

The most popular points of interest are listed as a symbol (petrol station, hotel, etc.) according to search frequency, while a fixed, high-resolution 10.2-inch (depending on model) colour display with split-screen function guarantees optimal readability and clarity.

Its intuitive functionality is thanks to the touch-sensitive surface on the iDrive Touch Controller.  Additionally, the system can also be operated via direct menu control buttons, the eight functional bookmarks or voice control.

BMW Lane Change Warning Indicator

Lane Change Warning system.

At speeds of 20 km/h or more, Lane Change Warning System detects vehicles in your blind spot as well as vehicles in the neighbouring lane. The driver is alerted to the presence of vehicles in the critical zone by a triangular warning symbol on the exterior mirrors.

If, however, a driver indicates the intention to change lanes by activating the indicator, he or she is alerted to the danger of the situation by a vibration in the steering wheel and a flashing triangular warning symbol on the exterior mirrors.