Have you ever wondered how the human body would look like if it had evolved to withstand car crashes? Clearly we weren’t designed for the punishment of modern vehicular slaughter: our bones are too brittle and our necks are way too thin.
Here’s were Graham comes in (follow the link and you can play with a 360 degree model of him). He is the depiction of what artists and researchers from Australia believe we would look like if we had evolved to endure the rigors of suffering collisions with two-ton sledgehammers going over 60 or having our skulls bashed into the windshield, panel and steering wheel.
Chief executive officer of the Transport Accident Commision Joe Calafiore said that Graham is a reminder of how vulnerable people are:
“People can survive running at full pace into a wall but when you’re talking about collisions involving vehicles, the speeds are faster, the forces are greater and the chances of survival are much slimmer.”
“Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans, and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes.”
The State of Victoria commissioned Graham to raise awareness about road safety and it seems Graham’s doing his job just fine for the moment.