BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals
BMW 7 Series (G11/G12) 2015-2022 Owners Manuals / Controls / Safety / Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection

BMW 7 Series: Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection


Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection is a night vision system.

An infrared camera scans the area in front of the vehicle and issues a warning if it detects pedestrians and animals on the street. The system detects warm objects that are similar in shape to human beings or animals. If necessary, the thermal image can be displayed on the Control Display.

General information

Thermal image

Thermal image

The image shows the heat radiated by objects in the field of view of the camera.

Warm objects have a light appearance and cold objects a dark appearance.

The ability to detect an object depends on the temperature difference between the object and the background and on the level of heat radiation emitted by the object. Objects that are similar in temperature to the environment or that radiate very little heat are difficult to detect.

For safety reasons, when driving at speeds above approx. 3 mph/5 km/h and in low ambient light, the image is only displayed when the low beams are switched on.

A still image is displayed at regular intervals for a fraction of a second.

Pedestrian and animal detection

Pedestrian and animal detection

Object detection and warning only functions in darkness.

Objects whose form is similar to people with sufficient heat radiation are detected.

In addition, the system also detects animals above a certain minimum size, for instance deer.

Display on the Control Display with thermal image activated:

  • People detected by the system: in light yellow.
  •  Animals detected by the system: in dark yellow.

Range of object detection, with good ambient conditions:

  • Pedestrian detection: up to approx.

    330 ft/100 m.

  • Detection of large animals: up to approx.

    490 ft/150 m.

  • Detection of medium animals: up to approx.

    230 ft/70 m.

Environmental influences can limit the availability of object detection.

If the vehicle systems detect that the vehicle is located in a residential area, the animal detection is temporarily switched off.

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.


Indicators and warnings cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment. Due to its limits, the system may not issue warnings or reactions, or these may be issued late or in a manner that is not consistent with their normal use. There is a risk of accident. Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic closely and actively intervene where appropriate.


Buttons in the vehicle

Buttons in the vehicle

Intelligent Safety

Buttons in the vehicle

Thermal image



The camera is automatically heated when the external temperatures are low.

When the vehicle lighting is switched on, the camera objective is cleaned at regular intervals when the windshield washer system is activated.

Switching on

Switching on automatically

When it is dark outside, the system is automatically active after every driving off.

Switching on the thermal image

The thermal image from the Night Vision camera can be displayed on the Control Display in addition to the warning function. This function has no effect on object detection.

Press the button.

The image from the camera is displayed on the Control Display.

Adjusting the thermal image

Brightness and contrast can be adjusted, when the thermal image is switched on.

Via iDrive:

  1. Select brightness or contrast:
  • "Brightness".

  • "Contrast".

  1. Set the desired value.


     Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection- Warning function

    Display Symbol /Meaning - Person warning. - Animal warning. Symbol lights up red.-  Prewarning. Symbol flashes red and a signal sounds.- Acute warning. The displayed symbol may vary and shows th

     Lane departure warning

    Concept The lane departure warning alerts when the vehicle is about to run off the road or exit the lane. General information This camera-based system warns starting at a minimum speed. The minimum s

     Lane departure warning- Warning function

    If you leave the lane If you leave the lane and if a lane marking has been detected, the steering wheel vibrates in accordance with the steering wheel vibration setting. When the turn signal is switc


     Replacing Entrance With Door Post, Left And Right (Partial Replacement, B-pillar)

    Observe procedure of REPAIR STAGE 3. Read CONTENTS OF BODY, GENERAL. Spot-weld bonding is used on this vehicle. Observe specific PROCEDURE. Use only approved spot-welding apparatus for repairs. Place vehicle on straightening bench. The following new body parts are required (see BMW Electronic P

     Replacing Front Left Wheel Arch

    Note the special vehicle identification number procedure when replacing the front right wheel arch (order the new body part with the vehicle identification number, if necessary)! These instructions are only applicable the first time the wheel arch is replaced! Repeated replacement is only permitte

    © 2019-2023 Copyright