Drunk? Uber can tell by way you hold phone



It describes how the system learns a person's patterns of behavior while using the Uber app, thereby allowing it identify anything that is out of the ordinary.

Uber will also potentially modify "pickup or drop-off locations to areas that are well lit and easy to access" when it has determined the user's state is "unusual". Boozers could out themselves by "making typos, not precisely clicking on links and buttons, the way they are holding their phone, their walking speed and how long it takes to request a ride", says The Daily Telegraph. It also calculates the time the rider has interacted with the Uber app.

At least that's according to a patent application spotted by CNN with the title "predicting user state using machine learning".

Uber has submitted an application to patent an artificial intelligence technology that identifies drunk passengers.

A tech that can tell if a passenger is drunk could help drivers avoid dealing with customers that are out-of-control or start puking in their cars.

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

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But, of course, notifying a driver beforehand could set a few liabilities in motion: Like, as The Verge hypothesizes, motivating a driver to decline picking up Sloshy McSlosherson, which, to the wasted, could be code for, "You're too drunk, drive home instead".

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

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

Ironically, Uber is concerned about drunk passengers assaulting their drivers while it is turning a blind eye to the many cases of sexual assault by Uber drivers. Uber's planned AI feature could, in theory, let drivers easily scout neighborhoods to find drunken passengers for this goal.

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