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Google Will Pay You To Ride In Its Self-Driving Cars

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Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) now offers a salary of $20 an hour for individuals to "babysit" its self-driving cars and provide feedback to the project's engineers, according to a report from The Drive.

Google is recruiting people in Chandler, Arizona, to monitor the progress of its self-driving Lexus RX sport-utility vehicles, including how it handles traffic.

Officially titled "vehicle safety specialists," these individuals are hired to sit in the car, observe how it handles and report back. Nicknamed "babysitters," the Drive elaborated on the employment opportunity, "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."

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According to Google's Brian Torcellini, self-driving program head of operations, "The role of test driver is so new that there isn't a particular type of person that we look for," the Drive quoted.

"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."

The report said though the $20-an-hour salary may not be on par with cities like New York or San Francisco, "it's a pretty solid wage" for the Greater Phoenix area.

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