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      08-19-2018, 06:18 AM   #155
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This was one feature of the M2 that I couldn't stand!! Randomly came across this thread and have instantly purchased the part, hope to get it fitted in the next few days! This is a God send!!!
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      08-22-2018, 11:06 PM   #156
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Hi M2018,
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Apologies for my dumb question. Does the switch turn the backup camera on when the car is moving forward?
You can configure it to do this: have a look at my post #148 in this thread (its a few above your question). I've configured it so that I can turn it on while moving forward (I've used Bimmercode to do this, and the screen images show how I've set this).

Note that I have installed the switch in this thread, even though I have the LCI firmware that mostly removes the need for the switch I wanted to be able to turn on the camera when pulling into a space to confirm that my rear is within a marked space ... and as I like the rear sensor/camera staying on sometimes, I want to be able to control when it turns off (the LCI firmware turns off the sensor as soon as you take it out of reverse).

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No it doesn't when moving forward. It will turn the camera/sensors on if you are in neutral at a light (I have the MT so no promises on DCT). I use it sometimes if someone is insanely close to me at a red light. Happens more often then you think
Hi longbeachbluem2,
Not to pick at nits, but as I've answered M2018, you can configure the car via Bimmercode and the console switch to be able to turn on the rear camera while moving forward I have the DCT, so I'm engaging the rear camera (via the switch) while in Drive and moving slowly - as you can see from my configuration (post #148) the switch won't work at speeds above 15 Km/h.

If memory serves me correctly, you can nominate the speed/distance combination at which the camera turns off (I think you could even drive it at 100 Km/h without it turning off). Again, easy enough to do with Bimmercode

One minor side-effect of how my configuration plays out is that when stopped on a hill (at say traffic lights), if when I go to pull away and the car rolls slightly backwards (because I'm slow to hit the accelerator after releasing the brake), the camera comes on Its kind of fun ... and reminds you of when you've allowed the car to roll backwards ... however minor the roll is!

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      08-22-2018, 11:15 PM   #157
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Hi danm2,
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This was one feature of the M2 that I couldn't stand!! Randomly came across this thread and have instantly purchased the part, hope to get it fitted in the next few days! This is a God send!!!
Although you've already now purchased the part, you don't actually need to do so - a later firmware version (of ISTEP) should actually fix the problem.

Starting with the LCI firmware, BMW modified the behaviour of the rear sensors so that they turned off as soon as you took it out of Reverse (I have the DCT, but I believe this was the same for the manual).

If you have an earlier build car, its easy enough to get BMW to update it for you at the next service (just make some noise about the your phone not reliably connecting with the iDrive system) and ask the dealer to fix it. I have a good relationship with the dealer, and they just did a firmware update when I asked for it

Should it help, I written up a post (#148 on this thread) on how I configured my LCI build with the console switch so that I got the best of both worlds

Hope this helps,

Cheers,
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      08-24-2018, 03:19 PM   #158
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Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. One of my favorite mods.
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      01-02-2019, 01:03 AM   #159
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Is it possible to code the parking sensor button to also turn on the rear view camera by default? A little silly you have to rock iDrive controller left and press each time to enable it. 2018 M2
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      01-11-2019, 09:48 PM   #160
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Great thread! I am hooked. I actually want to hook up front sensors and a front camera on my car. I have the bimmer-tech front camera kit on order and plan on using the camera switch to activate it. Anyone know if this is doable? TIA
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      01-12-2019, 02:07 AM   #161
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Hi bmxcamel,
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Is it possible to code the parking sensor button to also turn on the rear view camera by default? A little silly you have to rock iDrive controller left and press each time to enable it. 2018 M2
Agreed - I wrote up this thread to see if anyone had been able to resolve it. ZPrime's advice that the setting is likely part of the button firmware is probably on the money (as to why it can't be coded), but I'm totally into trying something if anyone has been able to find it.

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      01-13-2019, 12:28 PM   #162
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Has anyone installed this button set, if so does the camera button do anything?
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      05-06-2019, 06:37 AM   #163
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Hi danm2,

Although you've already now purchased the part, you don't actually need to do so - a later firmware version (of ISTEP) should actually fix the problem.

Starting with the LCI firmware, BMW modified the behaviour of the rear sensors so that they turned off as soon as you took it out of Reverse (I have the DCT, but I believe this was the same for the manual).

If you have an earlier build car, its easy enough to get BMW to update it for you at the next service (just make some noise about the your phone not reliably connecting with the iDrive system) and ask the dealer to fix it. I have a good relationship with the dealer, and they just did a firmware update when I asked for it

Should it help, I written up a post (#148 on this thread) on how I configured my LCI build with the console switch so that I got the best of both worlds

Hope this helps,

Cheers,
That's quite interesting, I do have a M2C, delivered a month ago but collected last week, and my car doesn't behave that way.
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      12-22-2019, 09:43 AM   #164
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Hi danm2,

Although you've already now purchased the part, you don't actually need to do so - a later firmware version (of ISTEP) should actually fix the problem.

Starting with the LCI firmware, BMW modified the behaviour of the rear sensors so that they turned off as soon as you took it out of Reverse (I have the DCT, but I believe this was the same for the manual).

If you have an earlier build car, its easy enough to get BMW to update it for you at the next service (just make some noise about the your phone not reliably connecting with the iDrive system) and ask the dealer to fix it. I have a good relationship with the dealer, and they just did a firmware update when I asked for it

Should it help, I written up a post (#148 on this thread) on how I configured my LCI build with the console switch so that I got the best of both worlds

Hope this helps,

Cheers,
That's quite interesting, I do have a M2C, delivered a month ago but collected last week, and my car doesn't behave that way.
Has anyone tried the switch that has the camera button on it? Curious if this would activate our rear camera only without pdc?
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      01-14-2020, 01:46 PM   #165
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Bought the panel without realising that it doesn’t work without the backup camera. So mine’s for sale if anyone is interested (UK)
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      01-15-2020, 02:59 PM   #166
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This was one feature of the M2 that I couldn't stand!! Randomly came across this thread and have instantly purchased the part, hope to get it fitted in the next few days! This is a God send!!!
I am in Australia
M2 DCT, I reverse park and as soon as I disengage reverse the beeping stops.
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