For Self-Driving Cars, Google Is Going To Hire Test Drivers


Are you thinking about a job in which you can just sit back and relax all day? Have we got the gig for you, and it’s with one of Silicon Valley’s largest companies.

Google is currently hiring drivers to hang out in its  self-driving cars in Chandler, Arizona and monitor their progress. The “vehicle safety specialists” will walk away with $20/hour for the gig, which has them ride in the driver’s seat of a self-driving Lexus RX while it rolls around town. Employees are expected to observe how the cars handle different situations, and report their feedback to engineers working on the cars.

This image provided by Google shows an artistic rendering of the company's self-driving car. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 said it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. (AP Photo/Google)

The lack of physical effort involved in the job doesn’t mean you’ll be able to sleep/rest all day. Employees are also responsible for taking control of the car if it gets itself into a complex situation and needs some assistance, and they’ll split their time between sitting in the driver’s seat and riding shotgun with another driver who will be taking notes on a laptop while you’re on the road.

The program has hired everyone who well know English; however, everyone who participates is required to have a bachelor’s degree. You’ll also need a good driving record, and the ability to type up to 40 words per minute in order to qualify.