Fiat Chrysler Automobile rumored to be a potential buyer.

 NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt recently visited Google's parent company Alphabet and was given a rare opportunity to tour the secretive "X" division.

The program touches on a handful of X projects but the most interesting is the self-driving car.  Google has been testing autonomous vehicles for years and they have already racked up more than 1.5 million miles of testing.

The project has been a success, despite some high-profile crashes, and X boss Astro Teller confirmed "The self driving car project is in the middle of graduating from X and this is sort of a gradual process."  He also noted the project's success by saying not every idea succeeds but "one idea in a thousand turns out to be cars that drive themselves."

Google has declined to say when its autonomous driving technology could become available to the public but the program's leader said he is determined that his 12 year old son won't need a drivers license.  This suggests the technology could be offered to the public in less than four years.

In related news, The Wall Street Journal is reporting Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in partnership talks with Alphabet about getting access to its autonomous driving technology.

Source: NBC

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