2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3 xDrive35i: Back-Up Camera Personalization

February 16, 2012

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Our long-term 2012 BMW X3 xDrive35i (say that 5x fast) has a fancy-pants back-up camera system. Fancy, in that you can personalize several of the settings throught the iDrive controller.

The back-up camera is part of the Technology Package that will debit your checking account
by $3,200(!!).

On the jump I provide two epic vids.

Check out what you can personalize on the back-up cam...

With the iDrive controller you can:

  1. Switch from back-up camera to top view (very useful for tight parallel parking)
  2. Vary brightness
  3. Increase/decrease contrast
  4. Show pathway and turning circle lines (you may or may not find them useful)
  5. Obstacle marking, with a small square with a color that matches the parking sonar warning, show in the Top View pic on the right of the screen. As I got closer to the ladder both the obstacle dectection square and the parking sonar color would turn yellow, then red

Pathway lines help the driver estimate the space required when parking (on a level road) and is dependent on the steering angle. Turning circle lines show the course of the smallest possible turning circle (on a level road.)

The videos are similar. The first one shows the obstacle detection in action, while the clearer second video does not.

What do you think? Is all this useful, or not really?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 2,500 miles

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