Google needs your help testing its self-driving cars

By Shawn Knight
May 13, 2016
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  1. Google is ready to turn its autonomous vehicle project loose on the public… well, sort of. If you live in Arizona and just so happen to need a job, you can now upload your resume for consideration as a vehicle safety specialist.

    In a recent post on HireArt, Google said it is looking for people to be a part of its self-driving car project. Candidates would be responsible for operating a self-driving vehicle for six to eight hours a day, five days a week, collecting data that would be used by its engineering team. Drivers would need to be able to manage up to four communication channels simultaneously (that sounds safe) via various high- and low-tech mediums and work with engineers to provide detailed, accurate feedback.

    Applicants are required to have a BS/BA degree, excellent verbal communication skills, excellent written communication skills and a clean driving history / no criminal history. Oh, and you’ll also need to be able to type at least 40 words per minute.

    Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google's self-driving car testing program, said test drivers play an important role in developing their self-driving technology, adding that they give engineers feedback about how cars are driving and interacting with others on the road and can take control of the vehicle if needed.

    The search giant is reportedly planning to pay driver $20 per hour and lock them into 12- or 24-month contracts.

    Google’s willingness to outsource help at this stage of the game isn’t all that surprising. If we’re being honest, it’s basically grunt work and there’s no good reason why Google would pay its own employees significantly more to do the same job that an outsider can do for a lot less money.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    Without reading the article and only reading the headline. The thought of an autonomous car that needs our help is not all that autonomous. I'm sure reading the article would clear up the misconception. lol
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,660   +767

    As soon as they make a pick-up truck version they can ship it to Tennessee and we'll give it a good test!
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    Yeah that and a few charging power stations.
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  5. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    Wonder how well that little matchbox car will handle a 160lb Whitetail Deer smashing into the front windshield @ 60MPH.
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  6. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 214   +126

    "Applicants are required to have a BS/BA degree, excellent verbal communication skills, excellent written communication skills and a clean driving history / no criminal history. "

    "Google needs your help testing its self-driving cars"

    Misleading as I don't know what BS/BA degrees are, I'm not good at communicating on paper or in person, I have **** on my record, from criminal activity and from driving mishaps. And I guess you need to live in the US too. Google doesn't need my help, or most male drivers for that matter as many should have at least speeding ticket from teenage years. They might need help from the public or be in search of applicants to test their cars, but no they don't want me, damn click bait. Would have applied if I could have had a chance of being chosen.
  7. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 141   +21

    BS = Bachelor of Science Degree
    BA = Bachelor of Administration Degree

    Not trying to be disrespectful or anything, but what have you done from an education point of view, to improve your chances of being accepted by Google?

    If you think that you don't have the necessary qualifications or skills to get a job at Google, why don't you do something to improve the chances for you?
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    In other words Google is basically looking to pay less for the same skill set they have in-house.
  9. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 141   +21

    Yep, that's pretty it!
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    BA = Bachelor of Arts
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,871

    Well, I only have an AAS in photography, a love of driving my own vehicles, an unwillingness to be seen in public in one of Google's "egg-mobiles", an extremely bad attitude, and an almost complete inability to play well with others. Maybe I should apply for the Google CEO's job...;)

    Wut? Yer tellin' me the TVA don't got no chargin' stay-shuns?

    Speaking of communications skills:
    You could have worded that, "duh, that's pretty it", and have been perceived as being every bit as articulate as you are now.

    (Not trying to be rude or anything). :oops:
    Last edited: May 16, 2016

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