Google will pay you $20 per hour to test their self-driving cars
Google is hiring candidates for a very interesting job profile in the state of Arizona. The job is simple, all you have to do is just sit in the self-driving cars that Google is testing and you will be paid $20 for every hour. The lazy ones of us can really rejoice now, given if you live in Arizona, have a spotless driving record, have no criminal history and hold a bachelor’s degree.
The company is seeking “vehicle safety specialists” who are to be professional and careful drivers, tasked with the job to operate Google’s test vehicles and provide concise feedback in oral and written form to the engineering team. The selected candidates will be required to “drive” the autonomous vehicle around the state for six to eight hours per day, five days per week and gather data accordingly. The drivers will work under a 12 to 24 month contract with a non-disclosure agreement to guarantee the confidentiality of all information they come across while working with Google on the self-driving cars.
“Test drivers play an important role in developing our self-driving technology,” Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google’s Self-Driving Car testing program stated. “They give our engineers feedback about how our cars are driving and interacting with others on the road, and can take control of the vehicle if needed.”
Excellent written communication skills are mandatory as stated by Google. The job applicants must be able to type 40 words-per-minute to be able to keep the engineering team up to date, finish daily reports and monitor systems. This might be the only instance when texting and driving is not only permitted. But also encouraged. The applicants must also pass a series of training courses and tests, that will be conducted both inside and outside the vehicles.
“There isn’t a particular type of person that we look for,” said the leader of operations for Google’s Self-Driving Car testing program, Brian Torcellini. “The role of test driver is so new that there isn’t a particular type of person that we look for. We’ve hired people from all types of backgrounds, from English teachers to orbital welders. He also added, “In general, they need to be excellent drivers who pay really close attention to the road and can predict the social aspects of driving. Local drivers will be great for testing in the Phoenix area because they know the roads and local driving norms better.”
Google is currently operating 34 prototype self-driving compact vehicles and 23 converted Lexus SUVs on the roads of Mountain View in California, Kirkland in Washington and Austin in Texas. The company is eager to see how the vehicles perform in the desert after they have witnessed them in the rainy areas. The fleet of Google’s self-driving vehicles have clocked nearly 1.6 million miles in the autonomous driver-less mode in total.
The company proudly announced in the starting of April this year that the autonomous self-driving car program will be extending to Arizona. They will be testing the modified Lexus SUV vehicles in Arizona and not the proprietary compact cars prototypes developed by Google.