On Tuesday, Axios reported that Google’s car-spinning machine has been “sourced” from the Internet and is “being tested by engineers.”
The news comes just two days after the automaker announced it was looking into getting its cars powered by the “smart” engine technology.
A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Google’s CarSpinning is reportedly being used to test its self-driving cars.
Google has previously tested the cars on public roads and in test drives with other automakers, but the technology was only recently added to its self and fleet cars.
A spokesman for Google told Business Insider that Google has been testing the cars at various places in its labs for the past few years.
“Google has tested the car in public test and private test environments with various automakers including Tesla, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and Volvo XC90,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.
“We have not yet verified the accuracy of this information.”
Axios reports that the automakers testing the car has been going for “several years” and that the vehicle is equipped with “sever of the key components needed to make a self-driven vehicle.”
“Google’s car spinner is a test vehicle,” the company said in a statement to Axios.
“It is in the same class as the Tesla Model S. It was built in partnership with an electric vehicle supplier and tested in public and private tests with multiple automakers including Toyota, Tesla, Volkswagen and General Motors.”