BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems in the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

The more you can focus on driving, the greater the pleasure you enjoy. Which is why the BMW 3 Series Sedan relieves you of a lot of tasks. The Driving Assistant warns of any upcoming dangers. The Navigation system Professional ensures that you’ll have no unpleasant surprises, even in unfamiliar surroundings. And with an advanced suite of on-board helpers at hand, parking is more comfortable than ever before.


The Driving Assistant package combines Lane Departure Warning system with approach control and pedestrian warning.

The Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and alerts the driver to an unintentional lane change at speeds above approx. 70 km/h by means of vibrations in the steering wheel. The warning is not activated if the lane change is deliberate, that is, when the indicator has been activated.

The Approach control warning system monitors the situation in front of the car. If a vehicle ahead brakes suddenly, the BMW 3 Series takes a progressively active response. A warning symbol is first displayed, then the symbol begins flashing and an acoustic warning is emitted, and finally the brakes are lightly applied (when travelling at speeds under 60 km/h).

Similarly, the pedestrian warning operates at speeds between 10 and 60 km/h and emits a single-level warning in the event of acute danger. If the system warns of a potential collision, the brakes are simultaneously preconditioned for a faster response. In the event of an emergency, the system applies the brakes. Note, this function can be limited by darkness and fog.



Active cruise control with Stop&Go function, incl. radar-based Approach control warning with full deceleration function and braking offers the option of greater comfort and safety in traffic jams. The system maintains a speed preselected by the driver, as well as the distance to the driver ahead. The vehicle takes over accelerating and braking and keeps the predetermined distance to the car ahead even in slow-moving traffic and down to a stand-still in traffic jams. If the car approaches the vehicle ahead of it, or if another vehicle enters the lane, the system precisely adjusts the speed to take the other vehicle into account. It can be activated at speeds of up to 210 km/h.

The Stop&Go function not only automatically regulates speed down to standstill, it also automatically accelerates back up to the desired speed within a limited time frame as soon as traffic flow allows.

If a vehicle ahead brakes suddenly, the BMW responds immediately when the Approach control warning is activated. The system operates in phases. A warning symbol is first displayed, then the symbol begins to flash and an acoustic warning is sounded, and finally the brakes are applied sharply.


The full-colour BMW Head-Up Display projects all information relevant to the journey directly into the driver's field of vision, allowing them to fully concentrate on driving. The display includes data such as the current speed and – depending on the equipment – navigation tips, speed limit, telephone and entertainment lists, along with information and warnings from the various driver assistance systems.

The icons projected onto the windscreen are displayed in high-resolution and full-colour. The projections of information appears as if it were 2.3 m in front of the vehicle. This, in combination with optimal positioning, allows the information to be read quickly, conveniently and with minimal distraction.

The brightness of the projection automatically adjusts to suit the external light conditions, with different displays for day and night, and the height of the display can also be adjusted. Furthermore, the driver can customize the displayed information.


Intelligent systems for easier manoeuvring in and out of parking spaces are available as an option for the BMW 3 Series Sedan. Useful assistants such as the Rear view camera, Parking assistant and Surround View increase comfort in all parking situations – and in particular in tight spaces and circumstances in which your view is restricted.

  • Rear view camera

    The Rear view camera allows the driver to view the area behind the car in the Control Display while manoeuvring and parking. The Rear view camera enhances visibility when reversing at speeds below 15 km/h, for example when parking.

    The guidelines and coloured obstacle markings that appear in the Control Display show the driver if the selected parking spot is big enough to accommodate the car – which makes parking easier. When the steering wheel is at full lock, the system displays red turning circle lines and green guide lines that adapt to the steering wheel movements.

    The Rear view camera is automatically deactivated after ten metres or when the speed exceeds 15 km/h. In conjunction with the trailer tow hitch, the Rear view camera makes the approach when hooking up a trailer easier thanks to a practical zoom function.

  • Parking assistant

    The Parking assistant makes parking parallel to the road easier. Whether activated or not, the system measures potential spaces while driving past at a low speed (below 35 km/h) and at a maximum distance of 1.5 m from the row of parked cars.

    When a large enough gap has been found, the driver simply turns on the indicator and the Parking assistant takes over the steering, while the driver continues to operate the accelerator, gears and brakes. The system also gives instructions in the Control Display and additional acoustic signals.

    When parking without Parking assistant, the Lateral parking aid uses additional sensors to monitor the areas to the sides of the car and represent obstacles on the Control Display. This way the driver can stay relaxed and enjoy greater safety while parking.

  • Surround View

    Surround View includes advanced and clever use of cameras to make vehicle parking and maneuvering efficient and safe. The camera systems are activated when the car is put into reverse or the PDC button or Side View button is pressed. The images captured by the cameras are shown on the Control Display.

    Top View uses cameras located in the sideview mirrors along with the rear view camera to provide a 270 degree bird's eye perspective. this feature is especially useful for parking and tight maneuvering.

    Side View uses two digital cameras on the left and right of the front of the car capture crossing traffic at the front of the vehicle. This feature makes exiting narrow parking spaces, alleys or driveways safer and more convenient.

    Surround view features are automatically deactivated when the car reaches 15 km/h.


With and 8.8" high-resolution display, the BMW Navigation system Professional features a sleek design and a variety of innovatives services. A simple and easy-to-use navigation system is seamlessly integrated into iDrive operating concept and iDrive Touch Controller. The system can also be engaged using BMW's advanced handsfree voice control. When equipped with optional Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI), traffic info is displayed directly on the navigation map and can be acocunted for in route selection.

  • iDrive Touch Controller

    The iDrive Touch Controller features direct menu control buttons, eight functional bookmarks and voice control. The intuitive touch control allows drivers to enter the address of your destination in handwriting on its touch-sensitive surface and can also be used to navigate the photo realistic three dimensional map.


At speeds of 20 km/h or more, the radar-based Lane Change Warning detects approaching vehicles in the 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, in spite of this, the driver indicates the intention to change lanes by activating the indicator, they are alerted to the danger of the situation by a vibration in the steering wheel and a flashing triangular warning symbol on the exterior mirrors.


Safety first: Speed Limit Info including no-overtaking indicator shows the current speed limit in the instrument cluster, as well as information regarding no-overtaking zones. This is shown on the Info Display in the instrument cluster. A camera integrated into the rear-view mirror detects relevant traffic signs. A control unit then processes and displays this information together with data from the navigation system. By utilising other features in the car, even variable speed limits – such as those that apply during wet conditions or at certain times of day – can sometimes also be shown.