South Australia Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan was given a roo-d shock after his driverless car demonstration went embarrassingly awry.
Spruiking new driverless car technologies on the Torrens Parade ground in Adelaide on Friday, Mr Mullighan jumped into the passenger seat to showcase ‘autonomous emergency brakes’.
Travelling at 40km/h with an international audience, the brakes failed, and poor skippy the stuffed kangaroo became an innocent victim.
“I’m glad I wasn't standing in front of him," Mr Mullighan said.
“We've tried it over and over and over again and of course, it never happens."
After their second attempt proved more successful, the minister decided to give a lesson in the art of spin.
“This is a good example of why there needs to be testing in Australia of these new technologies," he announced.
Will be keeping a low profile for a while now that I've seen this pic.twitter.com/kY58q41Puo
— Stephen Mullighan MP (@SMullighan) November 6, 2015
Within hours, the misadventure had hit social media.
"What happened?," Premier Jay Weatherill asked on Twitter.
"I'm meant to be test driving this thing tomorrow.”
— JayWeatherill (@JayWeatherill) November 6, 2015
— DPTI South Australia (@DPTI_SA) November 6, 2015
"I think it was set to ‘cull’, not ‘avoid’," Mr Mullighan responded.
Driverless cars will hit the Southern Expressway for an Adelaide-first trial tomorrow.