Volvo recently employed a tiny hamster to demonstrate how simple it is to steer a truck weighing 16 tons.
Handling a massive truck is no easy job….or is it? Volvo recently employed a tiny hamster to demonstrate how simple it is to steer a truck weighing 16 tons.
The rodent which weighs about 6 ounces carried out the stunt on the FMX construction truck. Basically a trial, it took place at a quarry located in Spain.
Charlie the hamster was placed inside a cage, which was specially designed and attached to the steering wheel. A carrot was used to lead Charlie around the right parts of the cage to get him to maneuver the vehicle in the right direction.
The hamster was able to steer the truck up the quarry via a winding, dirt road.
Charlie wasn’t able to control the vehicle by himself though. His human companion, named Sean Rogers handled the accelerator and brakes during the stunt.
There were a couple of close calls during the operation just like you'd expect while driving on this surface. Rocks and debris could be seen tumbling off sharp edges of the road, but it remains unclear if the hamster got a little too hyper. In the end, everyone was ok, and Volvo has another great commercial.