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Google will pay Arizona drivers $20 per hour to test self-driving cars

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Google's self-driving cars in Kirkland, Wash.
Google's self-driving cars in Kirkland, Wash.

Do you live in Arizona and want to get paid to "drive" a self-driving car? Google could have a job for you. The company is looking for local drivers to act as "vehicle safety specialists" who will be behind the wheel, ready to take over at a moment's notice, as the company expands its self-driving car fleet to Chandler, Arizona.

Employees will receive $20 per hour and work under 12-24 month contracts driving vehicles from six to eight hours per day, while providing "concise written and oral feedback to the engineering team." Drivers are required to have a bachelor's degree, a clean driving record and criminal history, and the ability to type at least 40 words per minute. They will also be expected to keep their work confidential and will need to pass a number of in- and out-of-car training courses.

"The role of test driver is so new that there isn’t a particular type of person that we look for," said Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google's Self-Driving Car testing program to The Republic. "We’ve hired people from all types of backgrounds, from English teachers to orbital welders."

Google announced the expansion of its self-driving car program to Arizona earlier this year. The company is looking to test the ability of its cars to drive in desert conditions. The company is also testing vehicles in rainy Kirkland, Washington, as well as Austin, Texas and its home city of Mountain View, California.