30 December 2003

BMW will launch parking cameras next year, so that drivers can see how close they are to the car in front or behind. The system will be available as an option on the 3-, 5- and 7-series and X3 and X5 SUVs.

The tiny cameras are hidden in the front spoiler and rear bumper and have a field of vision of up to 131deg. The image is transmitted to the sat-nav screen and the cameras are activated either manually or when reverse gear is selected. Prices in Europe will start at €482 (£350).

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