• 19-SEP-2013

The New Volvo FMX is so Easy to Steer that a Hamster can Take Over the Wheel

The film "The Hamster Stunt" has been a major success on Youtube and has been viewed more than 3.4 million times in just one week. It shows how the new Volvo FMX, equipped with Volvo Dynamic Steering, is steered by a hamster on rough, twisting tracks in a quarry.

Volvo Dynamic Steering is a new system from Volvo Trucks that allows the driver to steer a heavily laden truck without effort. At low speeds, an electric motor replaces the driver's muscle power. The system's developers aimed to deliver perfect steering feel in all operating conditions.

"At low speeds, a heavily laden vehicle is so easy to manoeuvre that it can be steered with just one finger. When driving on the highway, this dynamic steering system offers unbeatable directional stability, explains Jan-Inge Svensson, the engineer behind the development of the system's software at Volvo Trucks.

Available footage includes a behind-the-scenes edited package as well as interviews and images.