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Uber to get a patent to identify drunk passengers

Uber to get a patent to identify drunk passengers”

A patent submitted by Uber details a system that uses artificial intelligence to identify passengers exhibiting unusual behaviour and could even choose to deny them a ride if they are acting "uncharacteristically".

The machine learning technology Uber is working on would generate "a prediction about the current state of the user" by comparing "data associated with the trip request to data about past trip requests". 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.

One possible use is that if the app detects that the user could be intoxicated, it might prevent them from partaking in shared rides out of consideration to other passengers.

By looking at the angle a phone is held at or how a person is walking the system could work out when an Uber user has had a few too many sherries.

That behavior would be weighed against how that particular customer usually uses the app.

Uber could soon know if you are drunk when you hail a cab.

For Uber drivers, dealing with drunk passengers is a drawback of the job.

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

Uber is preparing to patent a system that will be recognized as potential passengers.

Knowing whether a passenger is behaving unusually can help mitigate any issues before they become problems.

CNN reported the filing of the patent that could predict the state of sobriety of a passenger and keep the driver's informed about the same.



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