Need a job? Google is hiring like crazy for its driverless cars

google driverless car hiring cars legal
Looking for a job? Try Google. The notoriously selective company is going on a hiring spree, and if you love autonomous cars and some serious workplace perks, you might want to check out any one of the three dozen openings the company just posted. No fewer than 36 jobs in the Google X car division are currently listed as actively recruiting — not only do we now know that Alphabet isn’t messing around when it comes to self-driving technology, but the job listings also provide some interesting insights into the direction the ambitious project may be headed.

“The self-driving car project aims to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility and making it easier and safer for everyone to get around, regardless of their ability to drive,” the introduction to many of these jobs reads. “So far, we’ve self-driven over one million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.”

Available jobs include engineering positions related to motion control, displays, robotics, and sensors, and there are also managerial positions up for grabs, which would focus on operations, materials, and marketing. For a bit more context, a job post for a manufacturing process engineer notes that the individual would be responsible for “designing factory assembly stations, optimizing production floor layout, automating critical manufacturing processes and approving fixture designs used in the assembly of electronic modules for the self-driving car.”

On the other hand, whoever lands the manufacturing supplier quality engineer gig will have to create and approve “manufacturing inspection processes, equipment, tools gauges and fixtures for raw material, mechanical components and mechanical assemblies.” Sounds like serious stuff.

Speaking with the Guardian about the implications about this sudden hiring spike, Mark Stevens, a former plant manager for General Motors and now a project manager at the Centre for Automotive Research said, “Obviously, they are planning to scale up. But they are planning to stay with plastics, polymers or some sort of composite material.” This could be important, he says, as “Composites are typically not deployed on high volume vehicles,” according to Stevens. “And Google’s specifying of expertise in the accuracy and utilization of assets also implies lower volume production.”

So if you’re thinking about a career change, Google may be sending you a sign.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Laptop screen extenders and self-healing tents

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Google is replacing some Pixel 2 handsets due to faulty rear cameras

Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones have plenty to recommend them, but they’re not perfect. We've rounded up the most common Pixel 2 issues and Pixel 2 XL problems here and identify workarounds or fixes to help you cope with them.
Mobile

Google’s $5.1 billion antitrust fine could mean the end of free Android

The European Commission has fined Google a record breaking $5.1 billion. The EU is accusing the company of severe antitrust infractions related to the search engine giant's handling of the Android ecosystem.
Deals

Walmart slashes Google Home prices for Prime Day

Prime Day is a great time to find great deals on Echo devices, but if you use Google for all of your smart home needs, Walmart is offering steep discounts on Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max to stay competitive.
Mobile

Fuchsia could eventually replace Android, but it's years away from doing so

Details have emerged about a new operating system Google's developers are working on dubbed Fuchsia OS. Here's everything we know about Google's mysterious new operating system so far.
Mobile

Visual snapshots on Google Assistant provides your day at a glance

Google's artificially intelligent bot, Google Assistant, is available on smart home speakers, smart home devices, iOS and Android phones, and it can do a whole lot of work on your behalf. Here are all of its features.
Movies & TV

15 epic sci-fi novels you should read before they become blockbuster films

You can get ahead of the next crop of science-fiction movies coming out of Hollywood by picking up the books that inspired them. We compiled a list of books you can add to your reading list now to get a glimpse of the future.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix in July, from ‘Arrested Development’ to ‘Mad Men’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

Want to wall mount that LCD? These installation tips save time, frustration

This how-to guide includes a video on how to wall mount a TV, along with other tips and tricks about the process. Step by step, we'll take you through what you have to do to successfully get your TV on your wall.
Mobile

ZTE resumes business once again as U.S. lifts ban on suppliers

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE announced that it was ceasing operations following a ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. After making key changes, ZTE will soon return to business. Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

Only Google should be mad about having to change Android

Google has been hit with a massive fine in a landmark antitrust case in Europe, and has been told to change the way it manages its Android operating system, or face a heavier financial hit.
Computing

Tired of choosing between Windows and Mac? Check out these Chromebooks instead

We've compiled a list of the best Chromebooks -- laptops that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run Google's lightweight Chrome OS. From Samsung to Acer, these are the Chromebooks that really…
Smart Home

eBay will give you a free Google Home Mini with any $119 purchase

Google is having a sale, Amazon is having a sale, and now, eBay is having a sale, too. If you're looking for a new smart speaker for your smart home, you can now get a Google Home Mini for free with any purchase of $119 on eBay.
Mobile

Want to know how to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think. Here, we walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice and identify several alternative apps and external voice recorders that can help.
Home Theater

Here's how to preserve your precious VHS memories in a modern format

There's no reason you should have to lose those precious home videos just because VHS is a dying format. Here, we'll show you how to convert VHS tapes to a digital format, and save those memories forever.
Cars

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is ready for the drag strip

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 borrows tech from the defunct Challenger Demon to make it a better drag racer. It may not have the Demon's 840-horsepower engine, but the 1320 has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
Cars

Terrafugia Transition flying car will finally go on sale in 2019

The Terrafugia Transition flying car will go on sale next year, roughly a decade after the first prototype rolled out of its hangar. Terrafugia promises improvements, including a hybrid powertrain, to make up for the long wait.
Cars

First McLaren Senna to arrive in North America shines like an emerald

The first McLaren Senna to cross the pond was delivered to a customer in New York City. The buyer has a penchant for custom colors -- he chose a special green hue for this 211-mph supercar.
Product Review

How basic is too basic? Toyota tests the limits with its C-HR

We bond with Toyota’s C-HR subcompact crossover trekking across central Florida. It arrives as an entry-level model to battle the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Kia Niro, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Jeep Renegade, and the Ford…
Cars

Audi kicks off the TT’s 20th birthday bash with more performance and tech

The Audi TT gains updates inside, outside, and under the hood for its 20th anniversary. Stylists chose not to make significant changes to the design but the 2019 TT gains luxury and technology features, plus an important upgrade.
Cars

Tesla Model S logs over 400,000 miles in three years, still going strong

A Tesla Model S operated by California-based shuttle service Tesloop has covered over 400,000 miles in just three years. Tesloop said the electric car has been much cheaper to maintain than comparable internal-combustion models.
Cars

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from ‘Goldfinger’ may have been found

There's some breaking news in the collector car world, as Auto Classics reports that James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, commissioned for use in the film 'Goldfinger,' might be on the path to recovery after being stolen back in 1997.
Cars

Lyft wants to partner with cities to add bike and scooter sharing

Lyft announced a multi-mode transportation plan to bring bike and scooter sharing to cities. To kick off the new initiative Lyft will invest $1 million to help nonprofits establish income eligible transportation programs.