WASHINGTON, March 10( Reuters) – The top U.S. automobile safety regulator said here on Thursday the agency is trying additional details of a recent disintegrate of an Alphabet Inc Google self-driving automobile in California.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration( NHTSA) leader Mark Rosekind told Reuters on the sidelines of an happen on highway security that the agency is accumulating more information to get a “more detailed exploration of what exactly happened.”

A Google self-driving car struck a municipal bus in Mountain View, Calif. in a minor disintegrate on Feb. 14, and the search engine firm said it bears “some responsibility” for the incident in what may be the first disintegrate that was the defect of the self-driving vehicle.

Rosekind said he spoke to Google bureaucrats on Wednesday and the corporation is been “very forthcoming” in refuting requests for details on the gate-crash. “We have to see what’s going on, ” Rosekind said.

A Google spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

U.S. safety officials said in January they are working on new counseling on self-driving vehicles that they hope to exhaust by July. Rosekind said understanding the Google car crash is important in that process.

“One of the lessons learned “wouldve been”: there’s an accident, how do you stir that assured that( the questions) terminates up get chastened and there is quality assurance to make sure it effectively changes what happened, ” Rosekind said.

Google said last week it drew changes to its software after the crash to avoid future incidents. A U.S. Senate panel will accommodate a hearing on Tuesday on the future of autonomous vehicles that will include the director of Google’s self-driving automobile program.

Last month, NHTSA said the artificial intelligence plan piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal constitution, a major step toward acquiring approbation for autonomous vehicles on the roads.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said last week it is reviewing the Google crash.

California rules say the state could “suspend or lift the manufacturer’s researching tolerate for any act or omission which government departments finds acquires the course of carrying out autonomous vehicle researching on public superhighways an irrational jeopardy to the public, ” the agency said.( Reporting by David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Alexandria Sage in San Francisco; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Meredith Mazzilli)


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