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Old 01-08-2013, 05:06 PM
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Front Parking sensors

I would prefer for the front parking sensors to come on when I approach the curb or inside the garage.

On a Mercedes, that happens automatically, but on the BMW it seems that I have to press the Parking button to activate the front sensors.

Is there a way to code that?

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:19 PM
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I would prefer for the front parking sensors to come on when I approach the curb or inside the garage.

On a Mercedes, that happens automatically, but on the BMW it seems that I have to press the Parking button to activate the front sensors.

Is there a way to code that?

Thanks!
I dont believe so, was not an available option when mine was coded, otherwise I'd have gotten it done. This is the first car for me with front parking sensors, that don't activate automatically.

Its very strange to me, I don't see an advantage to making them manually operated, especially at this price tag of a car. Not a deal-breaker for me, just seems like an afterthought as far as programming is concerned.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:24 PM
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I would prefer for the front parking sensors to come on when I approach the curb or inside the garage.

On a Mercedes, that happens automatically, but on the BMW it seems that I have to press the Parking button to activate the front sensors.

Is there a way to code that?

Thanks!
This has been discussed before. Unfortunately there is no known solution. Just like the BMW double handle pull, this is one of the quirks you have to live with.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:14 PM
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This has been discussed before. Unfortunately there is no known solution. Just like the BMW double handle pull, this is one of the quirks you have to live with.
If you program the doors not to lock when driving, then the door handle needs to be pulled only once. That is what i did on mine.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:22 PM
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I don't see an advantage to making them manually operated, especially at this price tag of a car.
If they weren't manual, wouldn't they go off every time you pulled up behind a car at the lights, or in stop & go traffic? I think that would make me more upset.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:50 PM
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If you program the doors not to lock when driving, then the door handle needs to be pulled only once. That is what i did on mine.
That's what I have done too. But I miss the simplicity of MB or Lexus's design that automatically unlocks the door when you stop. Problem solved!
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If they weren't manual, wouldn't they go off every time you pulled up behind a car at the lights, or in stop & go traffic? I think that would make me more upset.
You would think so (and maybe so do BMWs engineers) but actually no. You see the green waves when you get relatively close - not till you ride their ass and be a jackass will the yellow then red waves and beeping start. It's not annoying in the slightest.

These BMW quirks remind me of Citroen, on a smaller level. They have some bizarre out there designs.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:17 AM
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You would think so (and maybe so do BMWs engineers) but actually no. You see the green waves when you get relatively close - not till you ride their ass and be a jackass will the yellow then red waves and beeping start.
But the screen will have to switch to the PDC view? So if you were looking at nav or radio, then that would be distracting. I guess the best solution would be a user selectable mode. And probably that would not solve every scenario - witness the discussions about auto headlights.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:28 AM
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But the screen will have to switch to the PDC view? So if you were looking at nav or radio, then that would be distracting. I guess the best solution would be a user selectable mode. And probably that would not solve every scenario - witness the discussions about auto headlights.
Sorry for the shakiness... Uploaded it to youtube.

Heres what happens in my Chrysler, a much more simple design, its not as fancy as in the Bimmer.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:04 AM
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Sorry for the shakiness... Uploaded it to youtube.

Heres what happens in my Chrysler, a much more simple design, its not as fancy as in the Bimmer.

That was my point. Gets the job done.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:11 AM
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But the screen will have to switch to the PDC view? So if you were looking at nav or radio, then that would be distracting. I guess the best solution would be a user selectable mode. And probably that would not solve every scenario - witness the discussions about auto headlights.
Agreed on the selectable mode. I would have no issues with the display switching (or at least the view without camera as a split view) but also feel that the main instrument cluster and head up display great places for a simplified display.

With our car being lowered, the front bumper definitely in curb-hitting territory...
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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As long as we are improving things here, why not side cameras in the rear that come on automatically in reverse for backing out of parking spaces?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:26 PM
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On the S550 and GL450 the screen does not display parktronic unless the car is put into reverse first. When you are at a light or pulling into a parking spot, the light sensors located on the dash and over the rear view mirrors activate automatically at low speed. You don't loose your nav screen. Nice function that should be on a 7
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That's what I have done too. But I miss the simplicity of MB or Lexus's design that automatically unlocks the door when you stop. Problem solved!
I coded my car so that the door open when I turn off the car.....Solved the problem for me....
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:41 PM
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As long as we are improving things here, why not side cameras in the rear that come on automatically in reverse for backing out of parking spaces?
The BMW camera functions are nice on the 7 and had them for a while. I think Mercedes has done a nice job extending BMW's camera features with a extended 360 surround camera system and software.

I like is that the cameras work while driving, not just the slow roll (think up to 15 mph or so)

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