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BMW 3: Driving out of a parking space using the parking assistant

BMW 3 Series G20 (2018-2024) Owners Manual / Driver assistance systems / Parking Assistant / Driving out of a parking space using the parking assistant


The system makes driving out of parallel parking spaces easier.

General information

Steptronic transmission

The parking assistant calculates an optimal line for pulling out of a parking space and takes control of the following functions during the maneuver:

  • Steering.
  • Accelerating and braking.
  • Changing the gears.

The vehicle maneuvers automatically until the vehicle reaches a position in which the driver can drive out of the parking space without further steering movements.

Functional requirement

  • The vehicle was parked manually and objects in front of and behind the car are detected.

    The distance to a detected curb is at least 6 inches/15 cm.

  • The vehicle was parked using the parking assistant and an object is detected in front of the vehicle.
  • The parking space is at least 2.6 ft/0.8 m longer than your vehicle.

Driving out of parking spaces

1. Switch on drive-ready state.

2. Steptronic transmission: Press the park assistance button or shift into reverse gear when the vehicle is stationary to switch on the parking assistant.

3. Tilt the controller to the right and activate the parking assistant on the Control Display: "Autom. Parking".

4. On the Control Display, confirm the required direction for driving out of the parking space if necessary.

5. Steptronic transmission:

The system takes control of the maneuver. A message will be displayed at the end of the maneuver.

6. Make sure that the traffic situation permits driving out of the parking space and drive off as usual.

The parking assistant is switched off automatically.

Back-up assistant


The system supports the driver when driving in reverse, for instance when driving out of tight or confusing parking or street situations.

The vehicle stores the driving movements of the last route. This stored route can be driven back with automated steering.

General information

The system takes control of the steering when driving in reverse along the stored route.

The driver controls driving the vehicle via accelerator pedal and brake.

Functional requirements

  • Drive forward without interruption to store the route.
  • A maximum of 165 ft/50 m will be stored.
  • To store the route, do not exceed a driving speed of 22 mph/36 km/h.
  • The return route must be at least 12 in./30 cm wider than your vehicle.

Driving back with automated steering

1. Press the park assistance button or shift into reverse gear when the vehicle is stationary and the drive-ready state is switched on.

2. Move the Controller to the right.

3. "Back-up Assistant".

The system takes over the steering.

4. Follow the instructions on the Control Display where required.

5. Take your hands off the steering wheel and carefully drive off with the accelerator pedal and the brake.

When driving in reverse, pay attention to the vehicle's surroundings, and if you suddenly encounter an obstacle, stop immediately and take over control of the vehicle. Pay attention to the information from the PDC.

6. Stop no later than when normal traffic is reached and take control of the vehicle, such as by shifting to a forward gear.

At the end of the stored route, a signal will sound and a request will be displayed, also with the instruction to take control of the vehicle.

Terminating the system

The system automatically cancels in situations such as the following:

  • If the driver grasps the steering wheel or takes over steering.
  • When engaging a forward gear.
  • During activation or intervention by driving control systems or assist systems.
  • After a few minutes when the vehicle is stationary.
  • If the vehicle leaves the stored lane during reversing; for example, at the maximum steering angle.
  • When the display on the Control Display is cross-faded with messages, e.g., due to incoming calls.

Limits of the back-up assistant

  • When you reach normal road traffic or if you suddenly encounter an obstacle, stop immediately and take over control of the vehicle.
  • The maximum speed for driving in reverse is limited to approximately 6 mph/9 km/h.

    If the maximum speed is exceeded, a warning is issued and the function may be canceled.


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