If humans were to evolve to survive car crashes, what would the typical person look like? Well, a campaign out of Australia has a potential – and rather bizarre – answer.
Meet Graham, the product of a collaboration between artist Patricia Piccinin, trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield, and road safety engineer Dr. David Logan.
“The truth is, cars have evolved a lot faster than we have,” Dr. Logan said.
“Our bodies are just not equipped to deal with the forces in a common crash scenario.”
Graham has a massive skull, a generously padded face, plenty of extra cerebrospinal fluid and handy ligaments to keep his brain in the right place in the event of a collision. You’ll also notice that he has no neck, and that his ribs are thicker and have essentially evolved into mini-airbags. Even his feet and skin are ready for a sudden impact.
Australian insurer the Transport Accident Commission commissioned the project as part of its “Towards Zero” campaign, which has the goal of eliminating crash fatalities altogether.
Watch the videos below for more details on crash-ready Graham (but be prepared to be a little creeped out)…