This video shows computer-generated imagery of drones lifting a truck in an advert created by a Swedish manufacturer

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A video has been viewed millions of times in multiple posts on Twitter and Facebook which claim it shows a fleet of 2,000 drones lifting a 40-tonne truck. The claim is false; the video shows computer-generated imagery used in an advertisement for Scania, a Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles. 

The six-second video was published here on Twitter on November 20, 2019. It been viewed more than 2.6 million times. The post’s caption states: “A 40-ton truck lifted by 2,000 drones”.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Twitter post:

Screenshot of the misleading Twitter post

The same six-second video was published here on Twitter with an identical claim. It was also published in Facebook posts herehere and here alongside a similar claim.

The claim is false; the video actually shows computer-generated imagery (CGI) that was used in an advertisement for Scania, a Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles. 

A keyword search found a longer version of the video was published here on Scania’s verified Facebook page. 

The post’s caption states: “Can you pick up a 40 tonne truck with 2,000 drones?
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2lC0LnH”. 

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the Scania video (R):

A side-by-side comparison of the misleading post (L) and the Scania video (R)

The link at the post leads to a marketing campaign on Scania’s website. It embeds this one-minute, 13-second YouTube video which also shows computer-generated imagery of a drone fleet flying a truck.

Below is a screenshot of the video at the 31-second mark: 

Screenshot of Scania's YouTube video

UNILAD, a UK-based news and entertainment site, also revealed that the video in the misleading posts was created using CGI in this video published on one of its Facebook pages. 

At the end of the clip, a text appears in the video, stating: “We want to see someone do this for real!”