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Australia’s highly evolved crash test dummy

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TESTCRASHWEBMeet Graham. This is what you would look like if you were anatomically sculpted to withstand the fatal forces unleashed in a car crash.

The body of Graham with his huge chest, inflated head and absence of a neck has been designed to survive a car crash.

The Times reports that Graham, who was created by Melbourne sculptor Patricia Piccinini, is part of the Victorian Government in Australia’s new road safety campaign.

The report says the Australian Transport Accident Commission is using Graham as the face of its latest road safety project in an effort to highlight just how susceptible humans are to the fatal forces involved in road accidents.

Graham, according to the commission’s website, is the creation of a trauma surgeon, a crash investigations expert and an artist. The idea was to create a virtual human who had evolved to survive high-speed crashes.

His advanced evolutionary adaptations include a rib cage that has sacks that would protect him like airbags in a crash and a flat face that reduces the risk of damage to his nose. Extra fatty tissue around his cheekbones would spread the energy of an impact. Because the neck is susceptible to injury in a car crash, Graham doesn’t have one. His brain is protected with added cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments. His knees are fortified with extra tendons. Even his skin is thicker and tougher to shield him from cuts and abrasions.

The report says his redesigned body would have helped him survive the typical high-speed crashes that claimed the lives of 13,802 people worldwide between 2010 and 2011.

The report says the main contributing factors to South African crashes, according to Arrive Alive, are drunk driving and speed.

“In collisions involving vehicles, the speeds are faster, the forces are greater and the chances of survival are slimmer,” Australia’s Transport Accident Commission CEO Joe Calafiore said. “Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand how to protect ourselves from our own mistakes.”

The Times report

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