Dear Google, Salman Khan Invented Driverless Car in 2002, Says Twitter

Dear Google, Salman Khan Invented Driverless Car in 2002, Says Twitter

Salman Khan at the Bombay High Court on December 10. Image courtesy: AFP

New Delhi: Actor Salman Khan was acquitted of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court on Thursday and Twitter, which never passes up the chance to make a joke, is still keeping them coming a day later. The hashtag #SalmanVerdict was the top trend all of Thursday and was still trending on Friday morning.

Internet giant Google has been unwittingly drawn into the discussion online because of its self-driving car project which it says will be road tested and available to the public by 2020. Salman Khan, who is accused of drunkenly driving over pavement dwellers in September 2002 and killing one, was found not guilty by the High Court. Google can just retire its ambitious project, joked Twitter, because the 49-year-old actor invented the driverless car 13 years ago:
 
 
 
 

After the court delivered its decision, Twitter decided that it was the car Salman said he hadn't been driving that was drunk:
 
 

It's not just Google that Salman has preceded by 13 years:
 

Salman Khan, who will be 50 at the end of this month, was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced to five years in jail by a Sessions Court in May. The High Court later granted him bail pending an appeal and has now ruled that he cannot be convicted based on the evidence produced by the prosecution. (Also Read: Salman Khan's Celeb Visitors Include Waheeda Rehman, Ex-Girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani)

The actor has otherwise had a blockbuster year delivering two films - Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - which, between them, made over Rs 500 crores at the Indian box office. Salman Khan is now filming his next movie Sultan.