In search of a cool job? Do you know somebody that enjoys getting paid well while exerting minimal effort? Google might be the place to look. The company is looking to pay individuals $20 an hour to "babysit" its self-driving cars and provide feedback.
"Vehicle Safety Specialists" will be hired to sit inside the car, take notes on the driving experience, and report back. The Drive wrote, "the babysitters will work in teams, with one occupant behind the wheel and a second vehicle safety specialist sitting shotgun and taking notes on a laptop."
Google's Brian Torcellini, the self-driving program head of operations has said the job positions are so new that there is no one type of person they are looking for. "We've hired people from all types of backgrounds, from English teachers to orbital welders. In general, they need to be excellent drivers who pay really close attention to the road and can predict the social aspects of driving," Torcellini said.
While this cool opportunity is currently only being offered in the Phoenix, Arizona area, it is expected that similar programs will begin to pop up all around the country. Google has said that the self-driving cars need to be tested in different climates and terrains. The Detroit Free Press reports that Google's self-driving cars have traveled about 1.6 million miles in autonomous mode without being involved in an accident that resulted in deaths or major injuries.
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