This role directly contributes to Motional’s future in mobility and redefining transportation as a whole. As a Vehicle Operator (VO) you’ll be expected to hold safety at the highest level while operating our Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), have a strong attention to detail, outstanding communication practices both verbally and written, and embrace our values as a member of the Motional team. As a VO you’ll be working with new technologies in a fast paced environment being asked to adapt in our ever changing industry.

The Motional Santa Monica office is located in the heart of 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica at 1453 3rd Street. With all the modern amenities for productive work and play, it is steps away from the popular pedestrian outdoor shopping area and Santa Monica beach.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Safely operate prototype-level Autonomous Vehicles on both defined and undefined routes, including a variety of geographic and environmental conditions
  • Operate in-vehicle data recording computers, including start/stop recording, data marking and minor debugging when issues arise
  • Provide clear, accurate and useful subjective feedback to the engineering teams on vehicle behavior observed
  • Ensure the safe operation of our test vehicles on public roads
  • Be able to provide quality service for passengers when applicable
  • Able read and understand highway and street signs and all traffic signals
  • Able to speak sufficient English in order to speak with public safety officers if necessary
  • Maintains current knowledge and adherence to all Motional operating policies, procedures and directives
  • Arrives to work on time and with proper driving credentials on his/her person and is ready to work
  • Performs pre-trip and post-trip inspection of the Autonomous Vehicle.  This includes conducting an external/internal visual inspection of the vehicle and testing all necessary equipment, operating devices and controls
  • Properly care for assigned vehicle and all components as prescribed by the Company
  • As needed: Completes accident and incident reports
  • Control and manage emergency situations according to company procedures
  • Follow all safety policies and procedures
  • Able to work in a team environment and drive with another person.  Maintain cooperative behavior towards fellow team members, leads, supervisors, and managers
  • Familiar with ride-hailing practices and ability to successfully interact and engage with members of the public

What We're Looking For

  • Candidates must have and maintain a clean driving record for the previous 3 years and no DUIs for previous 10 years
  • Prior experience as an Operator/Driver for Autonomous Vehicles, including some type of internal or external training on
  • Autonomous Vehicle technology is preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • The position may require some travel
  • Experience and training on providing subjective feedback on vehicle behaviors and environment
  • Must be able to successfully complete in-house driving course/examination
  • Local knowledge in test city of streets, geography and environmental features that may be challenging for Autonomous Vehicles
  • Able to work days, nights and weekends
  • Must be able to use company communication systems and communicate clearly and effectively both written and verbal
  • Minimum of five (5) years of driving experience

Bonus Points (not required)

  • Basic working-knowledge of Autonomous Vehicle technology
  • Experience with NHTSA Levels 2-5 Autonomous Vehicles preferred

Why you should join us:

  • At Motional you’ll be a key member of the Fleet Operations team working on cutting edge technology that will be reshaping mobility. As a Vehicle Operator (VO) you’ll have a direct impact on our Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software and vehicle behavior working closely with the engineering teams. Individuals that work best in fast paced environments will thrive at Motional as we are constantly focused on improving our vehicles to deliver the safest transportation to those who need it. 

Physical Demands:

  • Requires near/far/depth and color vision to safely operate Autonomous Vehicles and computer screens
  • Able to be in confined seated position to operate vehicle for up to four (4) hours at a time for a total of up to ten (10) hours per day
  • Able to be to be a driver and a passenger in an Autonomous Vehicle
  • Able to operate grip gear shift, brake release and steering wheel requiring coupling forces up to ten (10) lbs.
  • Reach to either left or right shoulder to pull seat belt across body
  • Walking around the vehicle at beginning and end of shift for inspection of vehicle.
  • Will also inspect underneath of vehicle for leaks or damage
  • Able to stay awake and alert on shift at all times

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


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