Google Will Pay Drivers $20/Hour To Test Self-Driving Cars

Google is looking for local drivers to act as “vehicle safety specialists” for six to eight hours a day to road test its self-driving cars in Chandler, Arizona.

How hard is the job? The drivers will need to be able to take over control of the car if necessary, a requirement for the cars to operate on public streets. And they will have to  be able to type 40 words a minute to write up “detailed, accurate feedback” reports to Google engineers.

Applicants must be able to “operate comfortably in a fast-paced environment, sometimes managing up to four communication channels simultaneously via various high- and low-tech mediums, work on cutting-edge technology and provide engineers with detailed, accurate feedback.”

Google will be using the Lexus RX450 hybrid SUVs with self-driving features, rather than the gumdrop shaped self-driving cars being built specifically for Google. It was already testing cars in Austin, Texas; Kirkland, Washington; and its hometown of Mountain View, Calif.

Employees will receive $20 per hour and work under 12-24 month contracts driving vehicles from six to eight hours per day.