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Volvo let a 4-year-old remotely 'drive' one of its trucks, chaos ensues

By Shawn Knight ยท 22 replies
Dec 5, 2015
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  1. Kids (and adults) of all ages have a fascination with construction equipment and big trucks in general – it’s why toymakers like Tonka have been around for ages. Heck, there’s even a company in Las Vegas that’ll let you play around with the machines you see on construction sites (for a fee, of course).

    For children, however, the options are a bit more limited… unless you happen to be a 4-year-old girl named Sophie.

    To demonstrate the sturdiness and mobility of its FMX truck, Volvo rigged one up to drive remotely and handed the controls over to the youngster for a spin on its obstacle course. Sure, it’s just a commercial (and who knows if the kid was actually driving) but tell me it doesn't look fun!

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  2. Confirmed: Official survival vehicle of the zombie apocalypse.
  3. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 115   +48

    or a Graboid attack.
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    "and who knows if the kid was actually driving"

    So obviously she is not in control it's not funny, when she looks away and the truck rolls over down the hill and perfectly lands on it's wheels, right. Then they mention at the end of the video, closed course, professional driver, nuff said. Also worth noting, if anyone has ever watch Adam and Jamie radio control full sized vehicles you'd know right away it takes finesse and a delicate touch, as soon as you see the 4 year jamming on the controls you know it's not connected to anything. Just a bunch of clever editing and marketing bullocks. Take away the 4 year old and I might have found the video interesting and or worth something, like this, it just screams stupid at me.
    veLa, mosu, trgz and 1 other person like this.
  5. I want a Toyota Camry body with an F150 chassis and running gear.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    I'm not sure I ever drove that good ..... even when sober!
    Steve likes this.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,969   +4,004

    Sophie should have her own TV reality series..."Sophie Tries to Break Stuff".(y)

    Next up, from legendary Swedish automaker Saab, "The Draken". (Fully armed, of course)...;)
    wastedkill and cartera like this.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Cute but very staged still it looked like she had fun.
    Steve likes this.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,969   +4,004

    Which is nothing but car commercial disclaimer boilerplate which basically says, "don't try this at home kids".
  10. TechNaWolf

    TechNaWolf TS Rookie

    When I was learning how to fly RC planes I had an instructor who could override my flight commands if I made a misstake so they same could be applied to this video she might of gave general direction queues but the real driving could have been done by someone else
  11. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Addict Posts: 163   +61

    Fk me Adhmuz is the most miserable person commenting on these stories. And I thought that title would go to me...

    Swine. It may be stupid, but humans are. Lighten up. Lots of crap has been staged in life, many people know it, and see it for what it is. Chill the fook out and have a cookie!
    RebelFlag likes this.
  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Not miserable, just not impressed by stupid marketing ploys aimed at who exactly? 4 Year old children? Or are they suggesting the people who drive these vehicles have the equivalent mental capacity as a 4 year old and need to have a truck capable of driving through buildings and rolling down cliffs?

    Just remember, if you don't like what I'm writing you don't have to read it.
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,281   +527

    How about "things happen when in places where you would have this type of vehicle and this one can take a lickin' and keep on tickin' ". It's a rugged vehicle and here's a silly example of just how rugged.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,969   +4,004

    Are you old enough to remember when they used to do strange stuff in commercials to prove the durability of Timex watches? I remember one time they strapped one to an outboard motor propeller. (And of course, fired up the motor)

    The, "takes a licking and keeps on ticking" was their tag line.
  15. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,715   +2,514

    Proves nothing of the kind. The whole thing is fake and all the obstacles were undoubtedly props and not that hard on the vehicle.
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,281   +527

    I am :) My favorite of those commercials was the Samsonite monkey jumping on the luggage.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,969   +4,004

    So what? Rambo didn't actually manage to duck thousands of bullets coming out of Afghanistan either.

    How about the rollover? Do you think they had pillows under the truck which were then rotoscoped out? All I can say about that is, "thank god for fuel injection", since an engine with carburetors would have never restarted. Commercials are theater, and should be treated as such. While we're on the topic, google "Knight Rider", and find out how many Trans Ams they destroyed during the series' run. Yet every week at air time, "K.I.T.T." was as good as new.

    Next you're gonna try and ruin Christmas for me, with a "Myth Busters" like attack on Santa, aren't you?`:p
    madboyv1 likes this.
  18. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +81

    Well Jeal, I want a go!
  19. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    either way, you should still have a cookie! :D
  20. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 379   +121

    You have probably hit the nail on the head there, the Finance Director who signs off on one of those probably does look at their drivers and think of a 4 year old with a destructive god complex!
  21. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    I eat cookies for breakfast!
    stewi0001 likes this.
  22. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 572   +247

  23. brianhopps

    brianhopps TS Rookie

    Cool. Now I have an idea for an apocalypse vehicle. I just need the right lift and truck wheels.

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