Thai Finance Minister Trapped By Rogue Computer In BMW
from the where-do-you-think-you're-going,-Dave? dept
Once again, life takes after the movies. Apparently, BMW is now programming their computers with HAL-like efficiency. Thailand's Finance Minister, Suchart Jaovisidha, had to be rescued from his car after a malfunctioning computer locked him and his driver inside. Eventually, they got someone to break the car's windows in order to rescue them. He's quoted as saying, "it was one of the most frightening moments of my life." Apparently, the computer malfunction caused the car to stop, the air conditioning to turn off, the doors to lock and the windows to remain stuck shut. You would think that a manual override would make sense... They tried to break the windows from the inside, but discovered the wonders of German engineering: "I learnt that that German car had very strong windows." Update: Unfortunately, the original article from Thailand with all those great quotes seems to have been taken offline, though other news sources have picked up on the story (though, they leave out the best quotes).