Rats can drive tiny cars, and they find it relaxing, scientists say

Rats can drive tiny cars, and they find it relaxing, scientists say

by Sven Gustafson, Engadget

We now have an answer to the age-old question of whether rats can learn to drive a vehicle, and the result is a resounding yes. What’s more, the vermin even seem to find the whole endeavor relaxing.

Researchers at the University of Richmond in Virginia fashioned what may be the world’s first Ratmobile out of a clear plastic food container. It’s mounted on what appears to be a battery-powered, four-wheeled platform, with a piece of aluminum for the floor and three copper bars that function as a steering wheel. Rats were able the car to move forward when they stood on the floor and gripped the copper bars with their paws to complete an electrical circuit. The left, center and right copper bars also control steering, and the six female and 11 male rats were rewarded for successfully driving with Froot Loops cereal placed at increased distances around the pen.

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