The CrashCube is a forensic tool to acquire data from vehicles involved in a collision, the CUBE technology was develop in a partnership between the Rotterdam Police, Launch Tech and in the later stage, Interpol. The development of the CrashCube concept is based on actual cases. In 2006 Martin Coyne founded and initiated the Freeze-Frame reading concept based on actual cases that were under forensic investigation. The concept was advanced in 2009, jointly, into a full joint project to develop the specialized technology by the Netherlands Police with funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Justice in 2009. The project developed by the Netherlands Police was successful and based on the global demand the project was handed over to Interpol for further development. Today the technology is a Law Enforcement standard in vehicle forensics. A team of 4 colleagues worked on the development, 2 civilians and 2 Police officers, crash Reconstruction experts, one of which was the project manager. The project was a first to read data from European vehicles and has created a footprint in vehicle crime related investigations. Since 2012, the CUBE project was handed over to Interpol and Launch Tech, since 2012 Mr Coyne nor Digitpol has any involvement in the development or management, the project is under management of Launch Tech co ltd.
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
Originated by Rotterdam Police in effort to create a tool capable of imaging ‘freeze frame’ event or other stored vehicle data from vehicles manufactured 2006 on-wards (pre EDR Europe).
- 2009/2010 – European partners engaged to assist in data collection, beta testing and proofing of the platform for two initial devices, CrashCube and VinCube.
- 2010/2011 – Testing with partners and NFI including vehicle crash testing
- 2011/2012 - Due to the re-organization of the Dutch Police, the Project was handed over to Interpol and Launch Tech.
2012/2013 – Development of Phase 2.
- 2013/2014 – The UK, a team of experts led by Mr Qiu and Mr John Rusted, conducted the research and development based on live cases.