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      09-12-2017, 08:08 AM   #1
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Reverse Default To Top View

When I put my car in reverse, iDrive defaults to the rearview camera. Is there a way to make the default camera in reverse be Top View/Surround View (with or without coding)?

Things that don't work:
1. Pushing the iDrive controller/camera button doesn't flip between rear camera and top view cameras. I have to go to the left, scroll down, and uncheck the box "Rearview Camera" every time.
2. Say I uncheck the box and reverse into a parking spot but don't like my alignment. If i inch forward and then go back in reverse for a 2nd try, it goes right back to the rearview camera <--- especially annoying when someone is waiting behind you.
3. (6MT Only) Park with shifter still in reverse and turn off the car. When I start the car with the shifter still in reverse, it shows the top view camera still. But if i go into neutral and back to reverse, it reverts to the rear camera.

I have a 2018 f32, but it seems like some 2017s may experience the same setup from the factory. Discussion started in this thread: http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...php?p=22182196
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      09-15-2017, 12:33 PM   #2
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      09-15-2017, 08:06 PM   #3
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It is set by firmware. Some remember preferred view and others do not.
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      09-15-2017, 09:23 PM   #4
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there's no way to adjust the native coding? or look up which firmware I have?
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there's no way to adjust the native coding? or look up which firmware I have?
Not that I have seen. I know you will make many happy if you find solution.

You can easily check firmware with E-sys, but I have no idea which ones support. My F010 does; my F015 used to before last update.
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      11-29-2017, 09:59 AM   #6
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Anyone have an update on this?
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      11-29-2017, 10:38 AM   #7
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A BMW Genius confirmed that the reverse camera became standard on LCI models because of US regulations that require reverse cameras on all new vehicles after 2018. With the changes to meet NHTSA requirements came a programming change to default the reverse camera view. I'm not sure how that affects other regions.

I have started selecting the PDC button when i'm in a parking lot or getting ready to park and i just scroll over to hover on the reverse checkbox. When I go into reverse i can quickly press the idrive controller to switch to top view cameras. It's a hassle but a lot better than sitting in the middle of the street while fumbling through menus.
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OMG- I'm so annoy my 2017 340i defaults to rear-camera view in reverse EVERY SINGLE time.

Has anyone discovered coding to fix this?!? I want surround view on alllll the time....
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There should be this option somewhere as my LCI always starts remembering last status, top or rear cam. Unfortunately I don't know where.
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There should be this option somewhere as my LCI always starts remembering last status, top or rear cam. Unfortunately I don't know where.
This only works when pressing the PDC button or approaching an obstruction from the front. Like when I'm pulling into a parking spot forwards or into my garage, it starts up in the last used view (top view). But if you shift into reverse, it automatically defaults to the rear camera.
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This only works when pressing the PDC button or approaching an obstruction from the front. Like when I'm pulling into a parking spot forwards or into my garage, it starts up in the last used view (top view). But if you shift into reverse, it automatically defaults to the rear camera.
Mine do this with reverse gear also
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Mine do this with reverse gear also
Are you located in the US? If you could find the setting it would be GREATLY appreciated.


Even if I shift into reverse and manually turn off the rear camera so that the top view cameras are shown, when i shift to 1st and back to reverse (without moving anywhere) it automatically changes back to the rear view camera. No matter what it won't stay in top view.
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      01-15-2018, 11:35 AM   #13
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Same problem for me... and i hate it.
BTW: I am from germany... and the default rear-view behavior is exactly the same.

I feel with you kern417
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      01-26-2018, 05:00 PM   #14
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My hatred for this new default in the 2018's burns as bright as a thousand suns. I will be checking back on this thread in hopes there is some way to code this super annoying default out!
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      01-27-2018, 05:50 AM   #15
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Same problem here in Canada for 2018 F32 440i.
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