Leicestershire Police will today unveil a new device which its hoped will reduce the time motorists spend waiting for roads to re-open following accidents.
The new '3D scanner' will replace the manual recording of incidents which requires hundreds of separate measurements compared to just a handful of measurements from the 3D scanner.
The device is predicted to save around 30 minutes at each of the thousands of incidents which occur nationally - time the government says costs UK trade and industry £1 billion each year in lost earnings.
Video courtesy of Leicestershire Police via YouTube.
Before the scanner was released, creating an accurate plan of a scene required an officer to physically 'walk' the scene to take the necessary measurements. The new device takes billions of laser measurements in a single scan, building them into a 3D map which can show animations of the incident occurring.