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You Could Make $20/Hour Riding in Google’s Self-Driving Cars. No, Really

May 13, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
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You’ve probably heard about Google’s fleet of self-driving cars, and their near-spotless driving record.

Until just a few months ago, they’d never caused an accident without human intervention — and the February accident was decidedly anticlimactic. The Google car drifted into a bus at just 2 mph.

But Google’s still in the process of perfecting its self-driving cars’ technology. And it’s hiring humans to aid in the process.

Google will pay a lucky driver in the Phoenix, Arizona area $20 per hour to “drive” one of the revolutionary self-driving cars.

So basically, you sit in the car to record and communicate data about its performance and safety. While you’re driven around. By no one.

Dream job, yes? Here are the details.

“Driving” Google’s Self-Driving Cars

According to the job listing, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, a clean driving record and excellent communicative skills. You’ll also need to be able to type 40 words per minute or more.

If you get the job, you’ll work six- to eight-hour days, five days a week, both individually and in small groups. Your primary function will be to monitor the car’s software systems — “with constant focus” — and create reports about performance.

And since you’ll be working with revolutionary technology, you’re also be expected to keep everything confidential. Naturally.

But we totally get it if you snap a couple of driving-but-not-driving selfies. It’s the future, after all.

Although this job is specifically in the Phoenix area, Google’s already running testing programs in other tech-forward cities, like Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.

So keep your eyes peeled for similar positions in your area as the technology gains traction. At this rate, you might soon find yourself in a driverless car whether or not it’s your job.

Your Turn: Will you apply to “drive” a driverless car?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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