Meet Graham. Graham is clearly not like other people, and that's because he's an artist's rendering of what humans would look like if our evolution kept pace with the development of modern cars. Artist Patricia Piccinin teamed up with Australia's leading trauma surgeon, Christian Kenfield, and road safety engineer Dr. David Logan to craft a human body impervious to the forces involved in car accidents. What came out of the collaboration is Graham, bulbous head and all.
"The truth is, cars have evolved a lot faster than we have," Dr. Logan, road safety engineer with Monash University's accident research center told Australian insurer Transport Accident Commission. "Our bodies are just not equipped to deal with the forces in a common crash scenario."
Graham is a little more prepared for life on the road than your average joe. He may not be winning any beauty contests, but he can survive crashes that would ruin most of us. His head is massively fortified. He comes with a helmet-like skull, extra cerebrospinal fluid, and ligaments to brace the brain when a collision occurs. His face is padded with more tissue and thicker bones to absorb more force than a regular human face. Piccinin got rid of the problematic human neck altogether. Instead, Graham has an extra thick ribcage with built-in airbags that reaches to his chin. Graham's feet and skin are also updated to withstand a collision.
The TAC commissioned for the work to show Aussies just how fragile our bodies really are. Graham is part of the TAC's Towards Zero campaign, which hopes to completely eliminate road fatalities. While there will never a real Graham, TAC promotes real cutting edge technologies that prevent life-threatening injuries in similar ways. We may not be evolving, but automotive safety is. Cars are indeed becoming safer, but driving can still be a deadly activity. According to the World Health Organization, there were 1.2 million road traffic deaths worldwide in 2013.