Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/24/satnav_mishap/

Satnav orders German into toilet

Turn right, then drive up the stairs...

By Lester Haines

Posted in Science, 24th October 2006 09:09 GMT

RoTM An "overly obedient" German driver followed his car's satnav system's instructions to "Turn right now!" and duly exited the highway "about 30 metres before the crossing he was meant to take" before piling headlong into a portaloo, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Mind you, this is not simply a case of a moment's lapse in concentration: before destroying the toilet, the bloke "drove his sport utility vehicle off the road into a building site", then took it "up a stairway" before totalling said convenience.

The cybernetic capabilities of the WC are not noted, but there is the suspicion that the satnav was acting under instructions to deliver its victim to the nearest man-eating dunny.

Mercifully, the driver's unswerving obedience to his electronic master resulted in the toilet being instantly disabled. His car was also damaged and he copped a fine for his trouble. ®

Bootnote

Thanks to Peter Kranz for the alert.

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