Guys, the future has arrived. Google’s driverless cars have been much buzzed about since the Silicon Valley giant unveiled its first self-driving car prototype in 2014. Now, the cars are coming to Arizona, and the company is looking for drivers to test them. Chandler, part of the larger Metro Phoenix area, is the next site for the company’s cars, which have been in development since 2009.
“Vehicle safety specialists” can earn $20 per hour working six to eight hour days in 12- to 24-month contracts that consist of sitting in a car, being ready to take over if it becomes necessary and providing feedback to Google about the cars’ operation. One thing to watch for is how the cars perform in desert conditions, which is the reason Arizona was chosen.
While the company says it has no specific type of person in mind for the job (it’s a fairly new occupation, after all), there are some requirements: Successful applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, clean driving record, no criminal history and, oh yeah, be able to type at least 40 words per minute. That will help with the reports.
But if you meet those guidelines, that’s about it! Google’s Brian Torcellini told The Republic that in other cities where driverless cars are already being tested, Google has “hired people from all types of backgrounds, from English teachers to orbital welders.”
Other test cities include Kirkland, Washington, Austin and (natch) Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California.
Judy Jetson, eat your heart out!
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