Oh You Know, Just A Hamster Driving A 17-Ton Truck Along A Cliffside Road

September 12, 2013

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This is a video from Volvo demonstrating their new Dynamic Driving system. How? The old fashioned way -- having a hamster in a little cage (possibly part of a table fan) screwed to the steering wheel of a 16.5-ton dump truck steer the thing up a cliffside road by guiding him with a carrot. Impressive, but it would have been even more impressive if you let hamsters work your new dynamic gas and braking systems too. Also, why is the video called 'Live Test 2'? Where's the footage from 'Live Test 1', and how much did you have to compensate the family of the hamster driver from that truck?

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Lizzy, who heard gerbils are better drivers and that's why Volvo used hamsters, so nobody would think it was rigged.

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