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      08-06-2017, 10:28 AM   #1
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Cool Parking Assistant in action on my M4

Nice little cool feature there, very precise. Option code is 5DP - Park Assist

Demonstration on how the Parking Assistant on the BMW M4 works which allows the park itself in parallel parking spots.

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That is quite an apt demonstration of how it works in real life - it often misses obvious spaces, takes too long to use vs. doing it yourself, but does do an excellent job of parallel parking... eventually.
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Looks like a pain in the a$$.
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That is quite an apt demonstration of how it works in real life - it often misses obvious spaces, takes too long to use vs. doing it yourself, but does do an excellent job of parallel parking... eventually.
Yeah this was my first try with it, as you can see in the video it missed the first parking spot but worked fine on the second one. I think the reason it missed the first one is because there was no car in between it was just the curb followed by the parking space. I don't find myself using it especially if there are cards behind me as it takes some time but what I was impressed with is how accurate it is.

Speaking of which, on my 2017 M4 that I had a few months back, I don't remember seeing those diagonal green/red lines that tell you how to steer when parking, not talking about the car parking itself but even if I were to park it myself, I see lines telling me how much I should steer to park. I don't know if that was there before or if it's a feature of this Park Assistant as well.
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Yeah this was my first try with it, as you can see in the video it missed the first parking spot but worked fine on the second one. I think the reason it missed the first one is because there was no car in between it was just the curb followed by the parking space. I don't find myself using it especially if there are cards behind me as it takes some time but what I was impressed with is how accurate it is.

Speaking of which, on my 2017 M4 that I had a few months back, I don't remember seeing those diagonal green/red lines that tell you how to steer when parking, not talking about the car parking itself but even if I were to park it myself, I see lines telling me how much I should steer to park. I don't know if that was there before or if it's a feature of this Park Assistant as well.
They've made minor tweaks like those diagonal lines to the system each year. Its Achilles heel is that it has always needed a faster processor - every action is just a bit...too...slow. It's better in the '18's, but still not great. It's a cool party trick though, but not when you're on a busy street. Cars get annoyed with how long it takes.
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That is quite an apt demonstration of how it works in real life - it often misses obvious spaces, takes too long to use vs. doing it yourself, but does do an excellent job of parallel parking... eventually.
This is by design. It's not that the system "missed a spot." The PDC sensors must detect a front and rear vehicle with enough measurable tolerance to auto-park otherwise the system would select a space at the termination of the curb which would risk a parking violation or damage.

Over-engineering? Maybe. But, BMW has already evaluated real world scenarios and programmed the software accordingly.
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This is by design. It's not that the system "missed a spot." The PDC sensors must detect a front and rear vehicle with enough measurable tolerance to auto-park otherwise the system would select a space at the termination of the curb which would risk a parking violation or damage.

Over-engineering? Maybe. But, BMW has already evaluated real world scenarios and programmed the software accordingly.
That explains why it didn't detect the first parking spot in my video as it was the first spot after the curb. Thanks
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I've always wondered how these systems work with manual transmissions...
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I've always wondered how these systems work with manual transmissions...
hmmm, are they even offered on manual transmission? who is gonna press the clutch pedal?
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I've always wondered how these systems work with manual transmissions...
hmmm, are they even offered on manual transmission? who is gonna press the clutch pedal?
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hmmm, are they even offered on manual transmission? who is gonna press the clutch pedal?
Yes, it's currently offered on MT vehicles but I declined the feature as I thought functionality is better on AT equipped vehicles plus I don't street park by habit.
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I've always wondered how these systems work with manual transmissions...
It works similarly. You just have to modulate the clutch like you would do parking yourself.

Park Assistant is now included in the exec package (at least on the M3), so more folks will have access to it starting with MY18.
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Check this one out, new 7 and 5 can parallel and perpendicular park.

It's a "check me out" feature, but otherwise less effective than parking on your own.

https://youtu.be/t5p7qjFxGs0
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Check this one out, new 7 and 5 can parallel and perpendicular park.

It's a "check me out" feature, but otherwise less effective than parking on your own.

https://youtu.be/t5p7qjFxGs0
wow! that's really cool. Wish we had that also on the M3/M4
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nice to see it work
I have it on my '07 435 and have never used it; I'm a pretty good parallel parker and can get into spots the system wouldn't even attempt.
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Nice little cool feature there, very precise. Option code is 5DP - Park Assist

Demonstration on how the Parking Assistant on the BMW M4 works which allows the park itself in parallel parking spots.

I have that on my 2016, in one year, I used it once and it was just to try it. Nice on paper, you will definitely park faster, even with less precision ?
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Did 2015 m4's have this option?
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Did 2015 m4's have this option?
Not sure if they had the option or not for the MY15 M4s, but it cannot be coded according to this thread as it needs side sensors in addition to the side cameras: http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=13
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Did 2015 m4's have this option?
Not sure if they had the option or not for the MY15 M4s, but it cannot be coded according to this thread as it needs side sensors in addition to the side cameras: http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=13
I have the side cameras on my15 but I'm not sure if my car has this option. If someone else knows please chime in
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Good video demonstration.
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Did 2015 m4's have this option?
Yes.
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Good video demonstration.
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