2015 BMW M235i: Sensitive Sensors
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 29, 2016
It's nice to have parking sensors in any car, especially as outward visibility suffers from the design yoke of stricter crash safety standards and parking (and reversing) increasingly becomes an exercise in feel and intuition.
Our 2015 BMW M235i has a pretty sensitive set of sensors, and that, combined with a crisp backup camera display, is not a bad thing when reversing. As we've noted, the M235i convertible has a pretty a severe blind spot.
But there's a difference between being sensitive and being, well, totally, wildly uncalibrated or just plain nervous and jumpy. Click through for a look.
Here I'm idle, but in reverse, in a shopping center parking space. The sensors, meanwhile, are very upset at nothing more than a small square island hosting a thin ficus tree that I'm not parked particularly close to.
Generally I find parking sensors pretty useful, or at least unannoying, when turning into a tight spot. They can be a good reminder to take the maneuver slowly instead trying to mini-drift into the parking slot. Then again, when they start acting this confused, I want to reach for the defeat switch.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 14,742 miles