BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Cross traffic warning


At blind driveway exits or when driving out of perpendicular parking spaces, road users approaching from the side are detected sooner by the cross traffic warning than is possible from the driver's seat.

General information

Driver assistance systems

Two radar sensors in the rear bumper monitor the area behind the vehicle.

The system indicates approaching road users.

Depending on the vehicle equipment, the traffic area in front of the vehicle is monitored as well.

Two additional radar sensors are located in the front bumpers.

Safety information


The system cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment in assessing visibility and traffic situation. There is a risk of accident.

Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic closely and actively intervene where appropriate.


Button in the vehicle

Driver assistance systems

Park assistance button


The system is controlled by the following sensors:

Additional information: Sensors of the vehicle.

Switching on/off

Activating/deactivating the system

With the button

1. Press the park assistance button.

2. Tilt the Controller to the right.

3. "Settings".

4. "Cross Traffic Warning".

5. "Cross traffic warning".

Via iDrive

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Driver Assistance".

4. "Parking and Maneuvering".

5. "Cross Traffic Warning".

6. "Cross traffic warning".

Turning on automatically

If the system was activated on the Control Display, it is automatically switched on as soon as PDC Park Distance Control or Panorama View is active and a gear is engaged.

If reverse gear is engaged, the rear system is switched on.

Depending on the vehicle equipment, the front system is switched on when a forward gear is engaged.

Switching off automatically

The system is automatically switched off in the following situations:


General information

The respective display is called up on the Control Display. A signal tone may sound and the light in the exterior mirror may flash.

Light in the exterior mirror

Driver assistance systems

The light in the exterior mirror flashes if vehicles are detected by the rear sensors and your own vehicle is moving in reverse.

Display in the PDC Park Distance Control view

Driver assistance systems

In the PDC Park Distance Control view, the respective boundary area flashes red, if vehicles are detected by the sensors.

Display in the camera view

Driver assistance systems

The respective boundary area, arrow 1, in the camera view flashes red, if vehicles are detected by the sensors.

Yellow lines, arrow 2, mark the bumper of your own vehicle.

Acoustic warning

In addition to the optical indicator, a warning signal sounds if your own vehicle moves into the respective direction.

System limits

System limits of the sensors

Additional information:

Radar sensors.

Functional limitations

The system may be limited in the following situations:

If the trailer power socket is occupied or trailer towing is activated, for instance during operation with trailer or bicycle rack, cross traffic warning is not available for the area behind the vehicle.


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