Uber Will Notify You If You're Drunk Before You Get In Vehicle

Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

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. Being drunk is perhaps the most common instance in which a passenger may be in an altered state that results in "uncharacteristic" behaviors, but the patent also points toward tiredness as another possible issue.

The patent application, which was first uncovered by CNN, refers to a computer model that can predict user states based on data from their current in-app requests, as well as their previous behaviours.

Uber's solution - use technology to detect drunk people trying to get a ride.

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

Given that Uber cars bought using a smartphone, the system will be sharpened on a mobile device.

Professor Andre Spicer, from Cass Business School in London, told the Telegraph: 'This opens up the opportunity for drivers to identify drunk passengers and potentially take advantage of it. Uber plans to make flying taxis reality by 2020 Drivers may be warned about the sobriety of their passengers.

If there are no drivers with expertise in such matters available, the drunk passengers could be denied service.

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 unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown.

Image: Uber.What does this mean for passengers and drivers?

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