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Crash Cube


UCD CCI, the Rotterdam Police and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) have announced a collaboration to develop a training programme in Vehicle Forensics. The Crash Cube team have developed a handheld device that vehicle crash investigators can use to extract evidential data from the control units of vehicles that have been involved in a road traffic accident. The hardware and software data extracted can be used by accident reconstruction teams to build a highly accurate picture of the accident conditions. Some examples of the data that can be extracted are:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Seat belt usage
  • Time of accident
  • Steering angle
  • Moment of brake application
  • Engine rpm
  • Engine temperature

Prior to using the device, police officers will require training. UCD CCI have been asked by the Crash Cube project team to develop a series of online courses to support usage of the product. As training partners to the project, UCD CCI will undertake to produce a range of training modules for users, engineers and analysts. Delivery of the first module is expected late this year and will be piloted using 200 Dutch police officers. Following this the course will be made available to police agencies throughout Europe.

UCD CCI are very much looking forward to working with our Dutch partners in this exciting and innovative field. Should the partnership be a success, it is anticipated that it will extend beyond the Crash Cube into other, equally pioneering "Cube" projects.


Update 11th November 2014:

Crash cube in action