BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: BMW Drive Recorder

General information

The system stores brief video recordings of the surrounding area of the vehicle, e.g., to document traffic events.

Additionally, the following parameters are stored for the trip:

  • Date.
  • Time.
  • Vehicle speed.
  • GPS coordinates.

General information

There are various ways for storing video recordings:

  • Automatic storage of the recording.

    The function allows the documentation of the event of an accident.

  • Manual storage of the recording.

    The function allows the documentation of traffic situations.

The system records up to 20 seconds before and after the activation of the storage.

Cameras of the assistance systems are used, e.g., Panorama View.

Data protection

The permissibility of recording and using video recordings is contingent upon the statutory regulations of the country in which the system is to be used. The user is responsible for the use of the system and compliance with the respective regulations.

The manufacturer of the vehicle recommends confirming there are no statutory or regulatory constraints on use of the system in your state or country prior to the initial use. In addition, the laws with respect to use of the system should be verified in regular intervals, especially when borders are frequently crossed.

Other drivers of the vehicle must be informed about the system. In addition, information about the system is required when handing off the vehicle.

Functional requirements

  • System is activated.
  • Recording type selected.
  • Recording time selected.


The BMW Drive Recorder must be activated before the first use of the recording function.

Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Settings".

4. "Recording allowed".

5. Select the desired setting.

Recording functions

Automatic recording

The recording is stored automatically when the vehicle sensors detect an accident occurrence.

Manual recording

Using the button:

Press and hold the Panorama View button.

Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Start recording".

To stop the recording: "Cancel".

Recording playback and administration

Stored video recordings can be played back, exported and deleted.

For your own safety, the recording is only displayed in front up to approx. 2 mph/3 km/h. In some national-market versions, the recording is only displayed if the parking brake is engaged or if the selector lever is in selector lever position P.

Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Saved recordings".

4. Select desired recording.

5. Select the desired setting:

  • "Play"
  • "Pause"
  • "Export"
  • "Delete"

If a camera change occurred during the recording, different segments of the video can be selected.


General information

Different settings can be made.

Recording type

Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Settings".


5. Select the desired setting.

  • "Manually"
  • "Automatically"

Recording time

Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Settings".

4. Select the desired setting:

  • "Before trigger"
    Recording time before an event.
  • "After trigger"
    Recording time after an event.


Via iDrive:

1. "Apps".

2. "Drive Recorder".

3. "Settings".

4. "Camera selection".

5. Select desired camera.

System limits

In the event of serious accidents, it may not be possible to store recordings if the damage on the vehicle is too great or the power supply was interrupted.


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