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BMW X5: Display on the Control Display - With Parking Assistant Plus: Surround View

BMW X5 (G05) 2019-2024 Owners Manual / Controls / Driver assistance systems / Display on the Control Display - With Parking Assistant Plus: Surround View

Display on the Control Display


Driver assistance systems

  1. Toolbar, left
  2. Camera image
  3. Side view
  4. Automatic camera perspective
  5. Movable unobstructed camera perspective
  6. Toolbar, right
  7. Rearview camera
  8. Selection window

Toolbar on the left

The left toolbar can be used for the direct selection of various views via iDrive. Move the Controller to the left, if needed.

Side view

The side view can be selected for the right or left vehicle side.

This view helps when positioning the vehicle at the curb or with other obstacles on the side by displaying the side surroundings.

The side view looks from rear to front and in case of danger, focuses automatically on possible obstacles.

Automatic camera perspective

The automatic camera perspective shows a steering-dependent view in the respective driving direction.

This perspective adapts to the respective driving situation.

As soon as obstacles are detected, the view changes to a fixed display of the area in front or at the rear behind the bumper or, if necessary, changes to a side view.

When reverse gear is engaged, the automatic camera perspective is, if necessary, exited and the system uses a fixed perspective of the rearview camera. If necessary, manually select the automatic camera perspective when reverse gear is engaged. The automatic camera perspective will be retained for the current parking operation.

Movable unobstructed camera perspective

With selection of the movable camera perspective, a circle appears on the Control Display.

By turning the Controller or via touch function, specified perspectives on the circle can be selected.

The current perspective is marked with a camera symbol.

To leave the function, move the Controller sideways and select another camera function.

With xOffroad package: when an xOffroad driving mode is activated, terrain-specific views will be displayed.

Toolbar on the right

Assistance functions can be activated and settings can be entered via the right toolbar via iDrive. Move the Controller to the right, if needed.

Rearview camera

This view shows the picture of the rearview camera.

Selection window

The individual camera perspectives can be selected in the selection window via iDrive.

Parking aid lines


Driver assistance systems

Lanes help you to estimate the space required when parking and maneuvering on level roads.

Lanes depend on the steering angle and are continuously adjusted to the steering wheel movements.

Turning circle lines

Driver assistance systems

Turning circle lines can only be superimposed on the camera image together with lanes.

Turning circle lines show the course of the smallest possible turning radius on a level road.

Only one turning circle line is displayed after the steering wheel is turned past a certain angle.

Parking using lanes and turning circle lines

1. Position the vehicle so that the red turning circle line leads to within the limits of the parking space.

2. Turn the steering wheel to the point where the green lane covers the corresponding turning circle line.

Obstacle marking

Driver assistance systems

Obstacles behind the vehicle are detected by the PDC Park Distance Control sensors.

Obstacle markings can be shown in the camera image.

The colored thresholds of the obstacle markings match the markings of the PDC Park Distance Control.

Car wash view

Driver assistance systems

The car wash view assists when entering a car wash by displaying the floor and the vehicle's own track.

Zoom on trailer hitch

To make it easier to attach a trailer, you can zoom in on the view of the trailer hitch.

Driver assistance systems

Two static circle segments show the distance between the trailer and the trailer hitch.

A docking line dependent on the steering angle helps with aiming for the trailer with the trailer hitch.

When zooming in, remember that the view may no longer show certain obstacles.

Side parking aid


The system warns of obstacles on the side of the vehicle.


Driver assistance systems

To protect the sides of the vehicle, obstacle markings are displayed on the sides of the vehicle.

Limits of the side parking aid

The system only displays stationary obstacles that were previously detected by sensors while passing them.

The system does not detect whether an obstacle moves later on. For this reason, at standstill, the markings are not shown anymore in the display after a certain time. The area next to the vehicle must be newly captured.

Door opening angle


If obstacle marking is activated, the Surround View indicates fixed obstacles that obstruct the opening angles of the doors.

The system does not provide a warning of approaching road users.


Driver assistance systems

The maximum opening angle of the doors is displayed in selector lever position P. As soon as the vehicle begins moving, the opening angles are replaced by parking aid lines.

Limits of the display

The vehicle's surroundings are displayed with distorted image for technical reasons.

Even if the symbols for the door opening angles do not cross other objects on the Control Display, the following needs to be noted when parking next to other objects: Because of the perspective, higher, protruding objects may be closer than they appear on the Control Display.

Setting brightness and contrast

Brightness and contrast can be adjusted with Surround View or Panorama View switched on.

1. Move the Controller to the right, if needed.

2. "Camera image".

3. Select the desired setting.

Functional limitations

The system can be used only to a limited extent in the following situations:

Gray hatched areas with icon, for instance open door, in the camera image mark areas that are currently not displayed.

System limits

System limits of the sensors

Additional information:

Non-visible areas

Because of the camera angle, the areas under the vehicle cannot be viewed by the cameras.

Detection of objects

Very low obstacles as well as high, protruding objects such as ledges may not be detected by the system.

Some assistance functions also consider data from the PDC Park Distance Control.

Follow the notes in the PDC Park Distance Control chapter.

The objects displayed on the Control Display may be closer than they appear. Do not estimate the distance from the objects on the display.

Additional information: PDC Park Distance Control.


A camera malfunction is displayed on the Control Display.

A yellow icon is displayed and the recording range of the malfunctioning camera is displayed in black on the Control Display.


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