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BMW X5: Without Surround View: rearview camera

BMW X5 (G05) 2019-2024 Owners Manual / Controls / Driver assistance systems / Without Surround View: rearview camera


The rearview camera provides assistance in parking and maneuvering backwards. The area behind the vehicle is shown on the Control Display.

Additionally, assistance functions can be shown in the display, e.g., help lines.

Safety information


The system cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment in assessing the traffic situation. Based on the limits of the system, it cannot independently react to all traffic situations. There is a risk of accident. Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic and vehicle surroundings closely and actively intervene where appropriate.


Depending on the vehicle equipment: button in the vehicle

Driver assistance systems

Park assistance button


The system is controlled by the following sensors:

Turning on/off

Turning on automatically

The system is switched on automatically if selector lever position R is engaged when the engine is running.

Automatic deactivation during forward travel

The system switches off when a certain driving distance or speed is exceeded.

Switch the system back on, if needed.

Depending on the vehicle equipment: switching on/off manually

Press the park assistance button.

The parking assistance functions are shown on the Control Display.

Switching the view via iDrive

If the rearview camera view is not displayed, change the view via iDrive:

1. If necessary, tilt the Controller to the side.

2. "Rear view camera".

The rearview camera image is displayed.

Functional requirements

Display on the Control Display


The assistance functions can be activated manually via the toolbars on the sides of the Control Display.

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

2. With corresponding equipment: "Camera image"


Zoom on trailer hitch:

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

2. "Trailer hitch".

A zoomed image of the trailer hitch is shown.

More than one assistance function can be active at the same time.

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

Depending on the vehicle equipment, obstacles behind the vehicle are detected by the PDC Park Distance Control sensors.

Obstacle markings can be faded into the image of the rearview camera.

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

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.

Setting brightness and contrast

With the rearview camera switched on:

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

2. "Camera image".

3. Select the desired setting.

System limits

System limits of the sensors

Additional information:


Deactivated camera

When the camera is deactivated, for instance when the tailgate is open, the camera image is displayed hatched in gray.

Detection of objects

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

Depending on the vehicle equipment, 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.


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