Princess Diane crash scene recreated in virtual reality
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Date posted: 05/10/2007
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A virtual reality model of the scene where Princess Diana was killed was unveiled at her inquest on Thursday.

The digital recreation of Paris's Place de l'Alma will be used throughout the next six months as witnesses who were at the scene of the crash give evidence.

Lasers were used to map the surrounding buildings, roads and trees. Buildings and tree trunks are accurate to within 5cm, while the road surface itself is correct to within a range of plus or minus 1cm.

Each witness will be able to pinpoint exactly where they believe they were standing. Once they are sure where they were, their accounts can be tested to calculate what each person's individual lines of sight would have been.

Vehicles such as Diana and Dodi's Mercedes or the paparazzi scooters can then be added to the streetscape and adjusted into different positions depending on what the witnesses remember.

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