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

September 12, 2013


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.

  • Taylor Love

    That was so pointless... what was that supposed to prove? the steering wheel is REALLY easy to turn?

  • ODwanKenObi

    That hamster cant drive for sh*t. Swerving all over the place.

  • Guest

    I bet the hamster takes on the night shift.

  • steve holt

    GW is totally cracking me up today. On another note, this video is painfully fake.
    They did not let a hamster steer a truck. Aside from common sense informing you of this, note the scripted rock drop at 1:10 with the oh-so-convenient camera work to capture it. Bullcrap.

  • kim hughes

    They should have used a lemming

  • HoneyBeeBoo

    Get the hamster drunk, then do it again. Only then will I be satisfied.

  • steve holt

    hee hee

  • Sh17C0que

    Hamster sees carrot "Screw that, I'm driving this thing off a cliff, MOTHERFUCKERRRRR!"

  • Garrett Spicer

    Do it again with a Polstar

  • Bobby Lee Sanders

    Did he get the carrot?

  • Susan

    I actually went digging cause I was just as concerned, and found this on their Twitter page:

    "Volvo Trucks ‏@VolvoTrucks4h
    @kendastalk Charlie got plenty of carrots in the end."


  • Jacques-André Langelier

    Thats it, Drunk driving problem solve

  • WhiteEagle2

    Now they need to do it again, but going 60mph.

  • Adibobea9

    Seriously. That was such a boring video. It reminded me a lot of Blockbuster Hollywood movies full of special effects and no substance…

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