2012 BMW X3: I Don't Trust the Guide
February 20, 2012
Now that rear view backup cameras are all the rage these days, nearly every manufacturer is trying to come up with its own twist on the idea. In the case of our X3, BMW provides these handy guide lines that show the immediate space behind the vehicle if you back straight up and yet another set of guidelines that depict where it will end up if you crank the wheel one way or the other.
I have no idea how the vehicle calculates this, nor do I do I know if they're at all accurate. The one thing I do know is that I don't really trust them much. If I was planning to back up into the carport space above there's no way I would assume that the red line is correct. Instead, I would go slow, look over shoulder, adjust my line as I went in and largely ignore whatever the guide on the screen said.
Maybe I'm just paranoid, or distrustful of technology. Either way, there's no doubt I'm going to turn around and look for myself. Other drivers might not feel the same way and find these guide invaluable. I have yet to meet one, though, and doubt I ever will.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 2,639 miles