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BMW 7 Series: Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection- Warning function


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 the side of the road on which the person or animal was detected.

Warning of people or animals in danger

If a collision with a person or an animal detected in this way is imminent, a warning symbol appears on the instrument cluster and in the Headup Display.

Although both the shape and the heat radiation are analyzed, false warnings cannot be ruled out.

Warning area in front of the vehicle

Warning area in front of the vehicle

The warning area for the person warning consists of two parts:

  • Central area, arrow 1, directly in front of the vehicle.
  • Expanded area, arrows 2, to the right and left of the central area.

With animal warnings, no distinction is made between the central or expanded area.

The entire area moves along with the vehicle in the direction of the steering angle and changes with the vehicle speed. As the vehicle speed increases, the area becomes, for instance longer and wider.


Prewarning for persons is displayed when a person is detected in the central area immediately in front of the vehicle as well as on the left or right side in the extended area.

Prewarning for animals is displayed when an animal is detected in the front of the vehicle.

If a prewarning is issued, intervene by braking or making an evasive maneuver.

Acute warning

Acute warning is displayed if a person or an animal is detected in direct proximity in front of the vehicle.

If an acute warning is issued, brake or make an evasive maneuver immediately.

Display in the Head-up Display

The warning is displayed simultaneously in the Head-up Display and on the instrument cluster.

System limits

Basic limits

The system may not be fully functional in the following situations:

  • On steep hills, in steep depressions or in tight curves.
  • If the camera is soiled or damaged.
  • In heavy fog, wet conditions, or snowfall.
  • At very high external temperatures.

Limits of pedestrian and animal detection

In some situations, it may occur that pedestrians are detected as animals or animals as pedestrians.

Small animals are not detected by the object detection function, even if they are clearly visible in the image.

Limited detection, for instance in the following circumstances:

  • People or animals who are fully or partially covered, especially when their heads are covered.
  • People who are not in an upright position, for instance lying down.
  • Cyclists on unconventional bicycles (e.g., recumbent bicycles).
  • After physical damage to the system, for instance after an accident.

No display on the rear screen

The image from Night Vision cannot be displayed on the rear screen.


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