Sunday, May 25, 2003

BMW 7 series WindowsCE crash traps driver inside

A post to the IP and Risks lists is a harbinger of things to come as more and more complexity and computer-controlled systems get added to everyday devices without ensuring the same kind of quality and safety engineering. We can only hope that Ford and other car companies will not be successful in overturning laws requiring mechanical connections for safety-critical systems like steering, braking, etc.


Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 17:31:11 -0700
From: "Robert J. Berger"
Subject: MS Windows crash traps Thai politician in car (From Dave
Farber's IP)

Crashed Computer Traps Thai Politician, 14 May 2003

Thailand's Finance Minister Suchart Jaovisidha had to be rescued today
inside his expensive BMW limousine after the onboard computer crashed,
leaving the vehicle immobilized.

Once the computer failed, neither the door locks, power windows nor air
conditioning systems would function, leaving the Minister and his driver
trapped inside the rapidly heating vehicle.

Despite the pair's best efforts, it took a full ten minutes before they
able to summon the attention of a nearby guard who freed the two men by
smashing one of the vehicle's windows with a sledgehammer.

A report (
published in the *Bangkok Post* indicates that the vehicle was Mr
Jaovisidha's own BMW 520 which was being used while his state-supplied
Mercedes, was being repaired.

BMW's more up-market 7-series range uses a computer system called
which has Microsoft's WindowsCE at its core.

Did Mr Jaovisidha narrowly miss being killed by the blue windscreen of

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