According to the World Health Organization (WHO), car accidents consistently rank among the top 10 causes of death for people across the globe, despite the fact that nearly all traffic collisions should be entirely preventable. To bring attention to this issue in a way that has never been done before, the Australian government and its Transport Accident Commission teamed up with crash and medical experts to design a crash test dummy that would be more likely to survive a high-speed car accident, due to some new evolutionary adaptations. The result was Graham, a human-like beast with some seriously-odd physiological changes.
Graham’s “evolution” has given him a myriad of noticeable adaptations, including:
- Thick, larger skull with crumple zones to absorb harsh impacts.
- Flat and fat face to better protect our nose, eyes, and mouth.
- Absolute removal of any neck to prevent snapping or whiplash.
- Extended ribcage reaches right up to the skull for a full-body brace.
- Chest cavity air sacs for further force absorption.
- Omnidirectional knee joints and hoof-like feet.
The bizarre look of Graham – Fortune has a full article with images of him, published here – is meant to catch and capture view attention. If a human needed to look that different to survive a car crash, we are clearly ill-equipped to do so in our current state. Therefore, safety measures must be paramount.
Graham was initially displayed at the State Library of Victoria in Australia but has since gone on a full roadshow. Australia is currently undergoing its “Towards Zero” initiative to reduce and then totally eliminate car accidents in the country; this is akin to “Vision Zero” initiative throughout America, such as in New York. “Towards Zero” encourages safer driving habits but mainly targets government spending to steer more money towards roadway improvements and better street design.
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