Uber Applies For Patent That Will Identify Drunk Passengers

Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

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

After revealing a first look at its flying vehicle 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.

CNN uncovered the patent, called "Predicting user state using machine learning".

The system, described by members of Uber's Trust & Safety team in 2016, tracks how someone normally uses Uber's app through AI - if they commit typos, their walking speed, and the rate at which they drop their phone.

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However, it is not exactly clear if this data will be used to deter an Uber driver from picking up a passenger in order to evade any potential drunken predicament.

Uber will soon be able to figure out if a customer is drunk - even before they climb into one of their rides. Instead, the technology may be beneficial in allocating intoxicated customers with drivers who are comfortable dealing with potentially-unpleasant situations.

The concern is that people deemed excessively drunk might be refused service from Uber, which could lead to them trying to drive home themselves or getting into other risky situations.

Like all patents, there's no guarantee that this system will ever make it into a final product. If it does, you might end up having to call friends for a lift home at the end of a heavy night.

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