Meet the perfect driver.
MEET the ultimate driver and pedestrian. He is an Ozzi, only goes by the name of Graham and was commissioned by Australia’s Transport Accident Commission to highlight human vulnerability on the road.
But instead of showing the body’s weakness in a crash, renowned sculptor Patricia Piccinini took the opposite view, and asked Dr David Logan, a senior research fellow at Monash University in Australia, how a human body would need to evolve to survive the typical trauma caused by a crash.
Logan said he daily sees how a car crash pulps a body. “The human body just cannot absorb the energies in a modern, highspeed car crash.
“In 50% of the crashes, the driver did not even have time to brake,” Logan said.
Christian Kenfield, trauma surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, told Piccinini the forces involved in even a low-speed crash of 25 km/h are quite great.
“In a crash, as the head stops, the brain moves forward, smashing into front of the skull, then bounces back to also smash against the back of the skull, causing more injury,” he said.
Kenfield advised Piccinini that in order to survive a lowspeed crash, a human would need to have no neck to avoid whiplash injuries, a lot of fatty tissue around the face to protect the sensitive bones in the skull and a torso with airbags between the ribs to help disperse impact.
Graham also has goat-like legs to jump out of danger situations. Piccinini said she was excited about shaping a human that could survive a car crash. “It is a project that is really relevant to the community.”
With no neck, airbags between its ribs and fatty tissues to protect his face, Graham shows what humans have to evolve into to survive a typical car crash. The goat-like legs are to jump high out of the way of danger when walking next to a road.