Check this off the “when pigs fly” list: a hamster, yes, a hamster helped drive a 15-ton truck.
How else other than with a hamster-wheel?
“Today is the ultimate test of the steering system, “Jan-Inge Svensson, a Volvo Trucks technician, said. “You will see a hamster steering a truck from the bottom of this quarry to the top.”
Another staff member said, “it is very, very dangerous,” referencing the precarious pathway on which a wrong turn could send the truck down a cliffside.
The team created steering wheel modified with a hamster wheel on top. The hamster’s running direction to spin the wheel was guided by the incentive of a carrot.
“It’s very sensitive,” one of the Volvo workers said of the dynamic steering system. “I can steer it with my fingertips.”
The hamster, Charlie, follows follows the carrot clockwise and counter as the truck makes its way up the Los Tres Cunados quarry path in Spain.
Watch the stunt: