Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Uber may explore the idea of using AI to identify intoxicated passengers

Uber may explore the idea of using AI to identify intoxicated passengers

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.

The patent tech would use artificial intelligence that learns your behavior towards Uber app based on the angle you're holding your phone, walking speed, or how precisely you press in-app buttons.

Uber could also use the time of day and the customer's location to identify if they are inebriated, it was reported.

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The company has reportedly applied for a patent for a piece of technology that would use machine learning to identify drunk customers.

A recently published patent has revealed that Uber could be looking into developing an AI system that can tell when a passenger is drunk.

Uber may be working on a new tool that can tell if its users have had a few too many drinks, according to a patent application filed by the ride-sharing company. Should Uber figure out a way to alert drivers when a passenger might be drunk?

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Uber may implement a system that determines if users are behaving like their usual selves.

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

Ride-hailing services like Uber have transformed nightlife in car-centric cities, ditching the need for designated drivers and limiting intake of alcohol.

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"Riders in a particularly unusual state may be matched with drivers who have special training or expertise, or may not be provided service at all", TechCrunch reports. Furthermore, it could prevent the user from joining a trip with other riders, for example with Uber Pool.

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