Fwd: BMW computer makes driver turn into drink

Tim Byars (tbyars@earthlink.net)
Sun, 27 Dec 1998 09:21:08 -0800

>>From The Observer 27/12/98
>A German montorist has paid the price for following orders without
>question: he drove his BMW into the Havel river after obediently
>following instructions beamed to its satellite-guided navigation system
>on his dashboard.
>Oblivious to stop signs, never mind the river stretched out before him,
>the 57 year old driver from Hamburg unhesitatingly continued on his
>journey, past a stop sign, down a ferry ramp and then into the Havel.
>Sedately his BMW sank in about four metres of water.
>Neither he nor his passenger was hurt in the accident, but traffic on the
>river had to be stopped for about two hours while divers were fishing out
>his car.
>'You can't always blindly rely on technology,' said a coastguard, showing
>unusual Teutonic restraint.
>The accident happened on Christmas Day, when the couple went out for a
>drive and came to Caputh in eastern Germany, where a ferry operates
>across the river.
>However, that crucial piece of information was not stored in the
>satellite-steered navigation system of their BMW. Displayed on the
>dashboard, it uses signals from satellites to indicate the precise
>position of a vehicle on an electronic map.
>Unfortunately, the BMW's map showed the presence of a bridge when it
>should have indicated a ferry.
>As a result, the driver ignored the warnings of the real world - signs,
>people shouting, flashing red lights, that sort of thing - placing his
>faith instead on its electronic counterpart. He was rewarded for his
>belief by being dumped in the water.'


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