Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Uber wants to use AI to identify drunk passengers

After revealing a first look at its flying auto prototype, slated to launch in LA by 2020, Uber looks to further improve its service, as the ridesharing giant has explored identifying drunk passengers with artificial intelligence, according to a patent application.

Uber may be able to tell when you've had a few too many drinks.

This new technology will consider a bevy of factors to decide whether or not a customer is inebriated, including how an individual uses their phone, how they are walking, and whether or not they are are ordering a ride home from a bar after 2 a.m.

Drivers may receive a notification that the person requesting the ride could be intoxicated, which also could result in more experienced drivers being routed to help riders who could present a problem for someone less experienced. "Incidents, such as safety incidents and personal conflict incidents, can occasionally occur when users and/or providers behave uncharacteristically", the patent description says. Drivers may be warned of their passenger's state. The filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office said technology may be used to match possibly intoxicated riders with drivers with training to deal with such circumstances.

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Passengers also might not be given the option to partake in a shared ride, based on their state.

"It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers". According to a recent CNN investigation, at least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in just the past four years.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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