Intelligent Driving.

Stay relaxed throughout your journey. Now you can rely on the driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive. They manoeuvre you through the jams, keep you at a safe distance when necessary and react with lightning speed in hazardous situations. Enjoy a feeling of safety in your BMW.

Traffic jam assistant

Lean back and let your BMW handle the road. The Traffic jam assistant takes away the strain when you’re in monotonous situations on the motorway in Europe and the USA. When you’re travelling in heavy traffic at speeds of up to 60 km/h, the system allows you to “float along” with the other traffic and stay relaxed as you pass through the congestion. It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle in front, regulates your speed independently – even braking down to a standstill – and actively shares the steering. Your vehicle is thus able to help you stay in lane, as long as you keep at least one hand on the steering wheel.


Keeps a safe distance, so you can relax. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go including radar-based approach control warning with Brake Activation provides you with effective support at all times. Radar sensors permanently scan the carriageway, adapting your speed and maintaining your distance from the vehicle ahead. When the road is clear again, the system accelerates automatically. And, thanks to approach control warning, you can enjoy a safe drive in any situation – even when Cruise Control is not currently activated. If the vehicle brakes sharply, it first warns you with an optical and then an acoustic signal. If you do not respond by braking, your BMW will react and brakes for you.

Steering and lane control assistant incl. Traffic jam assistant

The Steering and lane control assistant incl. Traffic jam assistant can be activated to support the driver in monotonous traffic situations. Between 0 and 210 km/h the system steers the vehicle automatically and always keeps the vehicle in the middle of the lane.

The cutting-edge steering function uses multiple area surveillance radar systems and a stereo camera. The system positions itself using the edge-of-lane markers and the vehicle in front, if applicable. It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car's speed down to a standstill, as well as providing active steering support. The Steering and lane control assistant represents another milestone on the path to achieving highly automated driving.

Although the system is capable of driving the vehicle independently, the driver is still legally required to continue driving with both hands on the wheel. If the driver does not comply with this requirement, the system sensors will recognize this fact and warn the driver acoustically after a certain period of time. Then it will enter stand-by mode. This is also the case if the indicator is activated for changing lanes or if the system requirements are no longer met, e.g. the lane is too narrow.

Active Protection

Reacts precisely to every hazard: In a critical situation, Active Protection initiates measures to protect you such as tightening the seat belts, placing the seats upright and closing the windows and sunroof. After an accident, automatic braking can bring the vehicle to a standstill, thus preventing or reducing the likelihood of follow-on collisions. In addition, the Attentiveness assistant recommends breaks whenever there are any symptoms of fatigue to prevent hazards arising in the first place.

Lane Departure Warning

Stay on course. The Lane Departure Warning including camera-based Collision Warning registers lane markings at a distance of 50 metres and beyond a speed of roughly 70 km/h. As soon as you drive over the lane markings at the left and right without activating your indicators, the camera-based system warns you by gently vibrating the steering wheel. Camera-based Collision Warning detects vehicles ahead and warns you if the gap ahead becomes too short or if there is a looming risk of collision. You can then react in time and avoid accidents.

How it works.

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Your BMW looks out for you. When another vehicle is approaching at high speed from behind or is in your blind spot, the Lane Change Warning helps to appraise the situation correctly. If there is already a vehicle in the neighbouring lane, radar sensors warn you by means of a symbol in the exterior mirror. If you then operate the indicator, the steering wheel vibrates and the symbol flashes up.

  • Availability:

    • the Traffic jam assistant will be available in many BMW models as from December 2013 and can initially only be used on motorways in Europe and the USA
    • for availability in BMW models you will obtain more detailed information in the configurator for your own country
    • the Steering and lane control assistant incl. Traffic jam assistant is only available for the BMW 7 Series

Driving Assistant

Driving Assistant combines the camera-based systems Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning. The Approach and Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation warns of collisions with vehicles or pedestrians at speeds of between 10 and 60 km/h and brakes in an emergency.

Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and issues a warning by vibrating the steering wheel whenever there is a threat of leaving the lane unintentionally at speeds above approx. 70 km/h. If the indicator is activated, meaning that a change of lane is intended, no warning is given.

  • In addition to Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Driving Assistant Plus also contains Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go Functions and the Traffic jam assistant, which takes charge of the distance from the vehicle ahead and steering up to a speed of 60 km/h, thus increasing driving safety and comfort.