Uber could soon know if you are drunk when you hail a cab.
The AI system identifies a user's level of intoxication based on how they're holding their phone.
The premise of the software is to use a learned algorithm to determine a user's state of inebriation.
The behavior of the person ordering the ride will be compared to their "normal" behavior over a long period of time. Based on the patent, the system appears to be one that depends on past user data to predict future behaviors.
The patent adds that users judged to be drunk could be barred from pooling with other customers, or could have their pick-up or drop-off points changed to a safer location. The system will also give drivers more information and warning about the passenger's state and make them get prepared for the adventure ahead.
However, experts fear it may allow drivers to undertake "drunk hunting".
Still, it is not hard to imagine that a driver with a new, shiny, upholstered vehicle might think twice about picking up a passenger they know to be sloshed.
"It could lead to the possibility of some drivers avoiding drunk passengers and in the worst cases 'drunk hunting".
Uber has filed a patent for a system which may be capable of telling drivers if potential passengers are too drunk.
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".
It is not clear if the firm is working on this technology and MailOnline has contacted the company for comment. The application filed in the Bureau of patents and USA trademark. If these people cannot get themselves into the back of an Uber, then they might resort to driving or other forms of transportation that can be risky under alcohol's influence.
He's seen it way too many times.
Knowing whether a passenger is behaving unusually can help mitigate any issues before they become problems.
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