If you live in Arizona and want to get paid to pretty much ride in a car, you’re in luck. The tech giant Google is looking for drivers in Arizona which will act as “vehicle safety specialists”. Not only will these people will ride in the car, and if necessary will be able to steer the car in the right direction, as the company expand their self-driving car fleet to Chandler, Arizona.
The people hired for this job will be paid $20 an hour and work under 12-24 month contracts driving vehicles from six to eight hours per day, while providing “concise written and oral feedback to the engineering team.” The employees will need to have a bachelor’s degree, a clean driving record and criminal history, and will also need to be able to type 40 words per minute to partake in this product testing job. The employees will need to keep their work confidential, and they will also need to pass a number of in- and out-of-car training courses.
“The role of test driver is so new that there isn’t a particular type of person that we look for,” said Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google’s Self-Driving Car testing program to The Republic. “We’ve hired people from all types of backgrounds, from English teachers to orbital welders.”
Google is expanding their self driving-car project to Arizona so this way they will be able to test the car in a desert climate. They are also testing vehicles in rainy Kirkland, Washington, as well as Austin, Texas and (of course) its home city of Mountain View, California.
I am very excited about these self-driving cars as they are just so fascinating. To know that I will see this technology in my lifetime and to potentially own a self-driving car in the future is incredible. To imagine having the car driving you to your destination would change your lifestyle for the better once the technology is perfected. It’s amazing to also see progress being made with the cars, as it seems like not too long ago, it was just an idea and not exactly reality. Well, now it’s becoming reality.
Be sure to let us know if you are excited for self-driving cars as much as I am. And I will see you in my next article.