Intelligent Driving.

Driver Assistance Systems from BMW ConnectedDrive manoeuvre your BMW through traffic jams, keeping at a safe distance when necessary, and react with lightning speed in hazardous situations.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Traffic Jam assist

Traffic jam assist.

Traffic Jam Assist takes the burden off the driver on motorways and in other monotonous traffic situations. At speeds of up to 37mph, the system lets the car simply “glide along” with the other vehicles, making traffic jams less stressful. It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car’s speed down to a standstill – and actively shares the steering. The system is able to help the car stay in the correct lane, as long at least one hand is on the steering wheel.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go Function


The camera-based Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, including radar-based approach control warning with Brake Activation, provides the driver with support at all times. Radar sensors permanently scan the carriageway, adapting the speed and maintaining the distance from the vehicle ahead. 

The Stop&Go functional even controls speed down to a standstill, moving off again when the accelerator pedal is pressed. With approach control warning, if the vehicle ahead brakes sharply, the driver is warned with an optical and then an acoustic signal. If the driver does not respond by braking, the BMW will react and brake for them.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Lane Change Warning


At speeds of 12mph or more, the radar-based Lane Change Warning detects vehicles in the blind spot as well as vehicles in the neighbouring lane, alerting the driver by a triangular warning symbol on the exterior mirrors. If, in spite of this, the driver motions 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.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Active Protection

Active Protection.

In a critical situation, Active Protection initiates protective measures, such as tightening the seat belts, placing the seats upright and closing the windows and sunroof. In the unlikely event of an accident, automatic braking can bring the vehicle to a standstill, preventing or reducing the likelihood of follow-on collisions. In addition, to prevent hazards arising in the first place, the Attentiveness assistant recommends breaks whenever there are any symptoms of fatigue.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning.

At speeds above 43mph, BMW Lane Departure Warning technology detects lane markings ahead, up to a distance of 50m. If the indicators haven't been activated, it alerts the driver to a potentially unintentional lane change via a gentle vibration of the steering wheel. This happens as soon as the car goes over the lane markings, giving the driver plenty of time to react. If the indicators have been activated, no warning occurs.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Lane Assist


Designed to support the driver in monotonous traffic situations, the Steering and lane control assistant, including Traffic Jam Assist, make difficult driving situations safer. Between 0 and 130mph (where permitted), the system steers the vehicle automatically and always keeps the vehicle in the middle of the lane.

This cutting-edge steering function uses multiple area surveillance radar systems and a stereo camera to position itself using the lane markers and the vehicle in front, if there is one. In heavy traffic it automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car's speed down to a standstill, as well as providing active steering support.

Although the system is capable of driving the vehicle independently, the driver is still legally required to drive with both hands on the wheel. Sensors recognise when the driver is no longer complying with this requirement, and warn acoustically before entering stand-by mode. Stand-by mode is also triggered if the indicator is activated for changing lanes or if the system requirements are no longer met, e.g. the lane is too narrow.


Drive Assist combines the camera-based systems Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning. The Approach and Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation warns of collisions with vehicles or pedestrians at speeds of 6 to 37mph and brakes in an emergency.

The Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and alerts the driver to unintentional lane changes at speeds above approximately 43mph with vibrations in the steering wheel. But if the lane change is deliberate, with the turn indicator having been activated, the warning will not be activated.

Drive Assist Plus not only includes the Drive Assist systems, Lane Departure Warning, and Approach Warning with City Brake Activation, but also the Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go Function and Traffic Jam Assist. This will control the distance to the vehicle ahead and the steering up to a speed of 37mph, increasing driving safety and comfort.