BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: PDC Park Distance Control- Warning

Signal tones

General information

An intermittent tone indicates when the vehicle is approaching an object. E.g., when an object is detected to the left rear of the vehicle, a signal tone sounds from the left rear speaker.

The shorter the distance to the object, the shorter the intervals.

When the distance to a detected object is less than approx. 8 in/20 cm, a continuous tone is sounded.

When there are objects in front of and behind the vehicle at the same time, with a distance smaller than approx. 8 in/20 cm, an alternating constant tone will sound.

The intermittent tone and constant tone are switched off if the selector lever position P is engaged.

The intermittent tone is switched off after a short time when the vehicle is stationary.


The PDC signal tone volume can be adjusted.

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "Driver Assistance"
  4. "Parking and maneuvering"
  5. "Volume PDC signal"
  6. Set the desired value.

The setting is stored for the driver profile currently used.

Visual warning

Visual warning

The approach of the vehicle to an object is shown on the Control Display. Objects that are farther away are already displayed on the Control Display before a signal sounds.

The display appears as soon as PDC is activated.

The range of the sensors is represented in the colors green, yellow and red when obstacles are detected.

Pathway lines are faded in for better estimation of the required space.

When the image of the rearview camera is displayed, the switch can be made to PDC or to a different view with obstacle markings as needed:

  1. Press the Controller to the left, if needed.
  2. For instance "Park. sensors only"

Cross traffic warning: depending on the equipment, it is warned in the PDC display against vehicles approaching in the front or rear from the side.

Additional information: Cross traffic warning

Depending on the equipment version: emergency brake function, Active PDC


The emergency braking function of PDC initiates an emergency braking in case of acute risk of collision.

General information

This function may not be available. Contact your authorized dealer's service center or another qualified service center as to whether this additional function is currently in your vehicle or when it can be installed in your vehicle in the future.

Due to system limits, a collision cannot be prevented under all circumstances.

The function is available below walking speed when driving in reverse or rolling backward.

A press of the accelerator pedal interrupts the braking intervention.

After emergency braking to a stop, further creeping toward an obstacle is possible. Proceed with caution. To move forward, lightly press the accelerator pedal and release as needed.

If the accelerator pedal is depressed longer, the vehicle drives off. Manual braking is possible at any time.

The system uses the ultrasound sensors of PDC and parking assistant.

Safety information


The system cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment in assessing the traffic conditions. There is a risk of accident.

Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic and vehicle surroundings closely and actively intervene where appropriate.

Temporary switching off

The emergency brake function can be switched off temporarily: Confirm the message on the Control Display.

During continued driving in this surrounding situation, no further emergency braking will occur.


The system can be activated or deactivated. It is possible to set which areas on the vehicle will be protected by the system.

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "Driver Assistance"
  4.  "Parking and maneuvering"
  5.  Select the desired setting.

The setting is stored for the driver profile currently used.

With Parking Assistant: side parking aid


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

General information

In addition to the front and rear ultrasonic sensors, the system uses the side ultrasonic sensors.


General information

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

  • Color markings: warning against detected obstacles.
  • Gray markings, hatched area: no obstacles were detected.
  • No markings, black area: the area next to the vehicle was not yet captured.

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. If the vehicle is stationary, the markings are shown in black after a certain time.

The area next to the vehicle must be newly captured.


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