Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Uber patent could detect how drunk you are when ordering a ride

Uber patent could detect how drunk you are when ordering a ride

Transportation firm Uber has seemingly come up with the idea of using artificial intelligence (AI) to detect whether passengers are drunk, according to a patent application.

To do this, the system would track how you normally use the Uber app - including your speed of typing, number of typos, how you tap the buttons, and the way the phone is being held.

It could also prevent the passenger from joining shared rides.

Uber is working on technology that could determine just how drunk passengers are when ordering a ride.

Uber said: "Such monitoring and trip feedback may indicate whether a user's state was unusual during the trip or when picked up by the provider".

The drivers' share of the blame will soon get fixed, as Uber already announced plans to have a more restrictive screening process for the drivers, including criminal background and driving history checks.

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It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers.

Uber has filed a patent for a system which may be capable of telling drivers if potential passengers are too drunk.

By knowing this information, a driver may be warned of their passenger's state - even before they pick them up.

It's still too early to tell how this new feature would be implemented, or the eventuality of adding it to its current services, an Uber spokesperson told ABC News.

Just how Uber takes steps to avoid this scenario is anyone's guess.

According to Uber, knowing whether a rider is drunk or exhausted could help prevent issues with a trip. And passengers with an unusual state may only be matched with drivers with relevant experience or training.

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