Google Will Pay You $20 An Hour To Not Drive Its Self-Driving Cars

Photo credit: AP Photo/Tony Avelar
Photo credit: AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Most wouldn’t argue that getting paid to drive cars is a dream job, but Google is putting a new spin on that concept in its car division. The company put out a job listing looking to hire people to sit behind the wheel of its self-driving vehicles and, well, not drive—unless absolutely necessary.


The job title is a “vehicle-safety specialist” and pays $20 per hour to work in pairs with another specialist inside of the cars. Testing occurs in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, and the requirements on the job listing include a Bachelor’s degree, no criminal history, a clear driving record and the ability to type at least 40 words per minute.

According to Digital Trends, one specialist will sit behind the wheel of the car in order to take over if necessary—which is probably a good thing, considering a Google car brushed up against a bus recently—while the “passenger” specialist will submit reports from a laptop as it tracks the testing. The passenger will focus on software systems and relay feedback to Google engineers.

The job is five days per week for six to eight hours each day, and Digital Trends reports that contracts range from 12 to 24 months. It’s not the most permanent job in the world, but hey, getting paid to drive cars—well, technically— isn’t such a bad thing.

Staff writer, Jalopnik


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“ and the requirements on the job listing include a Bachelor’s degree, no criminal history, a clear driving record and the ability to type at least 40 words per minute.”

Well that list of requirements is just dumb. Why *specifically* is a bachelor’s degree needed exactly? Sounds like with this job, a high school diploma would be sufficient.

No criminal history? That’s excessive because just about anyone can have a “criminal history” even without any convictions. For example... one issue in Canada as well as other jurisdictions is police revealing ALL contacts with police when a background check is made. That in turn is interpreted as having a “criminal history”.

So if you had a dysfunctional home life 20 years ago and someone called police, but then everything calmed down by the time police arrived and no charges were laid, sorry, not eligible for the job because you have police record that involved contact with police that can be interpreted as “criminal history”. That’s EXACTLY what has been happening to some people even though they were never convicted or even charged of anything criminal. Hell... actual criminals have more rights in this area in many jurisdictions.

Or consider an older person who was convicted of the “crime” of Sodomy...…

which some jackass politicians are trying to make a “crime” again:…

So if someone was charged or convicted for sodomy, they are ineligible for a job like this? Fuck you to the retarded HR person who drafted these requirements.

And a clear driving record? Why? They’re not driving. The car is doing the driving. Another stupid requirement probably drafted by some HR person who doesn’t know their ass from their elbow.

While a good HR person can be worth their weight in gold, there are a lot of useless HR people out there... and it seems that Google as picked up a few of them.