Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This is What We Will Look Like if We Evolve to Survive Car Accidents

This is What We Will Look Like if We Evolve to Survive Car Accidents

Transport Accident Comission

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If we continue to evolve to survive car crashes, this is what we would like, according to artists and scientists from Australia. Meet Graham, a life-like sculpture designed with body features necessary to survive any accidents that can happen on dangerous roads.

Graham does not have a neck that could break during car accidents but he has a flat face to protect his nose and ears as well as sacks that serve as airbags between each of his rib. His thick skull is shaped into a helmet and contains fat that can prevent brain injuries. His knees can bend in any direction to prevent broken bones.

Graham is part of a project by the Victorian Transport Accident Commission’s road safety campaign called Towards Zero. He was developed by Patricia Picci, a sculptor in Melbourne, David Logan, a road safety engineer and Christian Kenfield, a trauma surgeon.

“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,” Transport Accident Commission chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said in a statement. “Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans, and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our road system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes.”

Anyone can see Graham on display at the State Library of Victoria until August 8. For those who can’t go there, do not worry, Graham will go on tour. The TAC has also launched a website, so you can find out more about Graham.

In 2015, there were 1,206 road deaths in Australia. From January to June this year, there have been 643 deaths thus far, about 10.9 percent or 63 deaths higher than the recorded rate during the same period in 2015.