Uber wants to patent technology to detect drunk riders

12 Juin, 2018, 02:01 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

After revealing a first look at its flying auto prototype, slated to launch in LA by 2020, Uber looks to further improve its service, as the ridesharing giant has explored identifying drunk passengers with artificial intelligence, according to a patent application.

Uber has partnered with organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving to encourage more people to call the service than to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

The patent application describes a system that learns how you typically use the Uber app, so that it can identify unusual behavior. The time of day, and where a ride is requested may also be considered.

The patent adds that Uber drivers could be warned of a passenger's state before they're picked up, letting them prepare for the journey in advance.

WTF?! Ask any Uber driver, or taxi driver, for that matter, what the worst part of their job is, and many will say it's dealing with drunken passengers.

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"We are always exploring ways that our technology can help improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers", the spokesperson said.

Other things can go wrong too. Numerous police reports and court documents involved passengers who were inebriated or drinking before getting into an Uber.

Like all patents, there's no guarantee that this system will ever make it into a final product.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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