Uber will be able to identify drunken passengers

Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

Uber Applies For Patent That Will Identify Drunk Passengers

The application filed by Uber with the United States Patent and Trademark Office describes a system that would measure what it calls the "state" of customers using the app.

"The system uses the data about past trips to train a computer model to predict a user state of a user submitting a trip request". Sources told CNN that the AI will track unusual behavior on the passengers' smartphones, based on their location, inaccuracies in data input, typing speed, the angle at which the smartphone is being held, and users' walking speed.

Uber patents tech that would identify drunk passengers before they get in the auto by analyzing a number of factors.

Many of us are guilty of jumping into an Uber after having one too many drinks. So it can better detect your unusual behavior.

While the system could be used to prevent drunk and disorderly passengers from riding, CNN pointed out that it could be a draw for some drivers.

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"It could lead to the possibility of some drivers avoiding drunk passengers and in the worst cases 'drunk hunting".

Uber says in the document the need for such a technology arises from the history of "safety incidents that can negatively impact the transport experience". Should Uber figure out a way to alert drivers when a passenger might be drunk?

Uber's patents said that the company's VR system will address this issue.

Knowing whether a passenger is behaving unusually can help mitigate any issues before they become problems.

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.

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