Google Will Pay You $20/hr to Just Sit in a Self-Driving Car

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It's the job that you never you knew you wanted: Driving a car that doesn't need to be driven for six to eight hours a day. 

Google is paying $20 an hour for drivers, or "self-driving vehicle operators," to cruise around Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs testing out its self-driving cars.

"(Test drivers) give our engineers feedback about how our cars are driving and interacting with others on the road, and can take control of the vehicle if needed," said Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google's Self-Driving Car test program.

It's not just taking a nap while the "car drives you," according to the job description. You'll need to maintain a "constant focus," while providing ongoing feedback to Google's engineering team. The company's also looking for someone with a clean driving record who can type at least 40 words per minute. 

In addition, you'll be in the car with a partner, so if you're thinking you can just goof off in a car for eight hours, you're probably not going to like the job as much as you think. On the other hand, Cheech had to meet Chong somewhere, so maybe you and your partner can figure something out?

"The role of test driver is so new that there isn’t a particular type of person that we look for," Torcellini told the Arizona Republic, almost certainly not considering the type of person that was just described. "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. Local drivers will be great for testing in the Phoenix area because they know the roads and local driving norms better."

The expansion of the program already in place in Mountain View, California; Austin, Texas; and Kirkland, Washington in an effort to see how the vehicles perform in Arizona's desert conditions and incredible summer heat, according to Mashable.

To land the job and enjoy being in a car with someone day after day, it probably wouldn't hurt to have great conversational skills or a serious love of "I spy." You can apply for the job right here.

h/t Mashable

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