Uber submits patent to detect drunken app users

Marco Green
June 14, 2018

By user's state, it means Uber would be able to identify if you're drunk and how far from your normal state.

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

The application, titled "Predicting user state using machine learning", says the app would notify drivers of the "state" the customer is in.

Uber is also exploring the possibility of matching inebriated passengers with drivers who have had relevant training to deal with drunk behaviour. 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.

By knowing this information, a driver may be warned of their passenger's state - even before they pick them up. A photographer (R) takes pictures of the logo for ride-hailing service Uber during a press conference in Taipei on April 13, 2017.

In 2014, a survey conducted by Benenson Strategy Group found that 78 percent of people said that since Uber launched in their city, their friends are less likely to drive after drinking.

The patent application also indicates that the Uber service may change based on the outcome of the data analysis.

The patent applications say that Uber's VR technology will provide riders with something to do to make their commutes less monotonous.

Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi.

There are a number of ways Uber plans to identify passengers who may be drunk.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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