[clug] Linux and Engine Management Systems

Chris Delfs delfs at rsc.anu.edu.au
Wed May 14 14:12:02 EST 2003

Crashed Computer Traps Thai Politician
Updated 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 (http://www.bangkokpost.com/Business/13May2003_biz12.html)
published in the Bangkok Post indicates that the vehicle was Mr 
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

Chris Delfs                             email delfs at rsc.anu.edu.au
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