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Rear view camera

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Driving systems / Rear view camera

Important safety notes

The rear view camera is only an aid. It is not a replacement for your attention to your immediate surroundings. You are always responsible for safe maneuvering and parking. When maneuvering or parking, make sure that there are no persons, animals or objects in the area in which you are maneuvering.

Under the following circumstances, the rear view camera will not function, or will function in a limited manner:
Х the tailgate is open Х in heavy rain, snow or fog Х at night or in very dark places Х if the camera is exposed to very bright light Х if the area is lit by fluorescent light or LED lighting (the display may flicker) Х if there is a sudden change in temperature, e.g. when driving into a heated garage in winter
Х if the camera lens is dirty or obstructed Х if the rear of your vehicle is damaged. In this event, have the camera position and setting checked at a qualified specialist workshop.

General notes

Rear view camera 1 is in the handle on the


Rear view camera 1 is in the handle on the tailgate.

Rear view camera 1 is an optical parking and maneuvering aid. It shows the area behind your vehicle with guide lines in the COMAND display.

The area behind the vehicle is displayed as a mirror image, as in the rear view mirror.

The text of messages shown in the COMAND display depends on the language setting. The following are examples of rear view camera messages in the COMAND display.

Activating/deactivating the rear view camera

■ To activate: make sure that the SmartKey


To activate: make sure that the SmartKey is in position 2 in the ignition lock.

Make sure that the function "show rear view camera display" is selected in COMAND.

Engage reverse gear.

The area behind the vehicle is shown in the COMAND display with guide lines.

To change the function mode for vehicles with trailer tow hitch: using the COMAND controller, select symbol 1 for the "Reverse parking" function or symbol 2 for "Coupling up a trailer" (see the separate COMAND operating instructions).

The symbol of the selected function is highlighted.

To deactivate: the rear view camera is deactivated if you:
Х shift the transmission to position P Х drive forwards 33 ft (10 m) Х shift the transmission from R to another position (after 15 seconds) Х drive forwards at a speed of over 5 mph (10km/h)

Displays in the COMAND display

The rear view camera may show a distorted view of obstacles, show them incorrectly or not at all. The rear view camera does not show objects in the following positions: Х very close to the rear bumper Х under the rear bumper Х in the area immediately above the tailgate handle

Objects not at ground level may appear to be further away than they actually are, e.g.: Х the bumper of a parked vehicle Х the drawbar of a trailer Х the ball coupling of a trailer tow hitch Х the rear section of an HGV Х a slanted post Use the guidelines only for orientation.

Approach objects no further than the bottom-most guideline.

1 White guide line without turning the


1 White guide line without turning the steering wheel, vehicle width including the exterior mirrors (static) 2 Yellow guide line at a distance of approximately 13 ft (4.0m) from the rear of the vehicle
3 Red guide line for the vehicle width including the exterior mirrors, for current steering wheel angle (dynamic) 4 Yellow lane marking tires at current steering wheel angle (dynamic)

5 Yellow guide line at a distance of


5 Yellow guide line at a distance of approximately 3 ft (1.0 m) from the rear of the vehicle
6 Vehicle center axle (marker assistance) 7 Bumper
8 Red guide line at a distance of approximately 10 in (0.25 m) from the rear of the vehicle

The guide lines are shown when the transmission is in position R.

The distance specifications only apply to objects that are at ground level.

Additional messages for vehicles with


Additional messages for vehicles with PARKTRONIC

1 Front warning display 2 Additional PARKTRONIC measurement operational readiness indicator 3 Rear warning display

Vehicles with PARKTRONIC

: if PARKTRONIC is operational  , an additional operational readiness indicator will appear in COMAND display 2. If the PARKTRONIC warning displays are active or light up, warning displays 1 and 3 are also active or light up correspondingly in the COMAND display.

Reverse parking function

Backing up straight into a parking space without turning the steering wheel

1 White guide line without turning the


1 White guide line without turning the steering wheel, vehicle width including the exterior mirrors (static) 2 Red guide line for the vehicle width including the exterior mirrors, for current steering wheel angle (dynamic) 3 Yellow guide line at a distance of approximately 3 ft (1.0 m) from the rear of the vehicle
4 Red guide line at a distance of approximately 10 in (0.25 m) from the rear of the vehicle

Make sure that the rear view camera is switched on  .

The lane and the guide lines are shown.

With the help of white guide line 1, check whether the vehicle will fit into the parking space.

Using white guide line 1 as a guide, carefully back up until you reach the end position.

Red guide line 4 is then at the end of the parking space. The vehicle is almost parallel in the parking space.

Reverse perpendicular parking with the steering wheel at an angle

Turning the steering wheel


Turning the steering wheel

1 Red guide line for the vehicle width including the exterior mirrors, for current steering wheel angle (dynamic) 2 Parking space marking

Make sure that the rear view camera is switched on  .

The lane and the guide lines are shown.

Drive past the parking space and bring the vehicle to a standstill.

While the vehicle is at a standstill, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the parking space until red guide line 1 reaches parking space marking 2.

Keep the steering wheel in that position and back up carefully.

Backing up with the steering wheel turned


Backing up with the steering wheel turned

1 Red guide line for the vehicle width including the exterior mirrors, for current steering wheel angle (dynamic)

Stop the vehicle when it is almost exactly in front of the parking space.

The white lane should be as close to parallel with the parking space marking as possible.

Driving to the final position


Driving to the final position

1 White guide line at current steering wheel angle
2 Parking space marking

Turn the steering wheel to the center position while the vehicle is stationary.

1 Red guide line at a distance of


1 Red guide line at a distance of approximately 10 in (0.25 m) from the rear of the vehicle
2 White guide line without turning the steering wheel
3 End of parking space

Back up carefully until you have reached the final position.

Red guide line 1 is then at end of parking space 3. The vehicle is almost parallel in the parking space.

"Coupling up a trailer" function

The following distance specifications refer to trailer tow hitches with ball coupling that have been approved for this vehicle by Mercedes-Benz. Distances may differ if you use other ball couplings. In this case, take into account that actual distances will not match the following distance specifications. Otherwise you could damage the trailer and vehicle.

1 Vehicle center point on the yellow guide


1 Vehicle center point on the yellow guide line at a distance of approximately 3 ft (1 m) from the rear of the vehicle 2 Trailer drawbar
3 Ball coupling

This function is only available on vehicles with a trailer tow hitch.

Set the height of trailer drawbar 2 so that it is slightly higher than ball coupling 3.

Position the vehicle centrally in front of trailer drawbar 2.

1 Ball coupling


1 Ball coupling
2 Red guide line at a distance of approximately 10 in (0.25 m) from the ball coupling
3 Trailer drawbar marker assistant 4 Trailer drawbar
5 Symbol for the "Coupling up a trailer" function

Use the COMAND controller to select symbol 5, see the separate operating instructions for COMAND.

The "Coupling up a trailer" function is selected. The distance specifications now only apply to objects that are at the same level as the ball coupling.

Reverse carefully, making sure that trailer drawbar marker assistant 3 points approximately in the direction of trailer drawbar 4.

Reverse carefully until trailer drawbar 4 reaches red guide line 2.

Couple up the trailer  .

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