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Google Hiring Driverless Car Testers In Arizona

Google is seeking drivers to test its driverless cars in Arizona. If you meet the requirements, you can earn $20 per hour to sit behind the wheel.

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webbrowan
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5/31/2017 | 11:18:29 PM
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It does sound too good to be true. There are pros and cons that the tester would have to go through behind the driverless car. Since it is system-controlled, the tester would have no control whatsoever even during an emergency situation. There have been instances in which a driverless car lost control upon hitting a barrier meant to block out road works. So, the tester would have to agree to sit through that.
webbrowan
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webbrowan,
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7/22/2016 | 5:44:45 AM
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The offer might seem attractive with a certain financial amount as a reward. However, the deal comes with a catch. Since the car has not been tested, there is a level of safety risks to be taken into consideration by the test driver before obtaining that monetary reward.
Shed_Dweller
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5/26/2016 | 2:23:47 AM
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Adds a fun new way to pick up the mother-in-law from the airport...
Broadway0474
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5/23/2016 | 11:07:47 PM
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There were getting into the insurance space --- as a marketplace/agent. They may look to get into it as an underwriter. That would be very interesting and solve some of their problems, but they would enter a whole regulatory world --- at least in the US --- that is very complicated and driven state and state, so to speak.
jastroff
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5/23/2016 | 9:58:41 AM
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@broadway -- very interesting point.

Maybe down the road Alphabet has to get into the car  insurance business -- or buy a company that already is in the business -- as a way to launch their vehicles -- if existing insurance companies are too slow to keep up with technology
Broadway0474
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5/22/2016 | 10:28:27 PM
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There's a good chance that Google is self-insuring this experiment --- meaning they've got their own money in the bank in case something happens. Still, they have some commercial insurance company or three presumably on the hook if something really bad happens --- god forbid, accidents that cause loss of life. I'd love to know what those insurance companies think of this experiment.
jastroff
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5/21/2016 | 11:13:11 AM
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From The Guardian newspaper –

>> Google has patented a new "sticky" technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company's self-driving cars

The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is flung into other vehicles or scenery.

"Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously," according to the patent description.

 "This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle (or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle) reacts to the incident and applies the brakes."

 "As such," it continues, "both the vehicle and pedestrian may come to a more gradual stop than if the pedestrian bounces off the vehicle."
jastroff
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5/21/2016 | 8:47:08 AM
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I interesting question re insurance actuarial issues. So no teenagers or seniors, two groups with poor driving records? The role of insurance companies in all of this has yet to be fully revealed. The companies are very conservative and hardly open to innovation.
Broadway0474
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5/20/2016 | 10:47:34 PM
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$20 per hour is certainly good pay for this assignment. It seems like the perfect job for an underemployed recent college grad, although I wonder if Google will be taking auto insurer actuarial approach to drivers and sticking with age groups and genders that are typically safer than others?
jastroff
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5/20/2016 | 7:02:32 PM
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Yep. It's called the Sticky Car Patent. For real
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