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Is Uber looking to use artificial intelligence to identify drunk passengers?

Is Uber looking to use artificial intelligence to identify drunk passengers?

The patent said: "The system receives the trip request from a user and generates a prediction about the current state of the user using the computer model".

Uber's algorithm will weigh a variety of factors from typos, how precisely a user clicks, walking speed and the time of day.

The company has reportedly applied for a patent for a piece of technology that would use machine learning to identify drunk customers.

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

According to a patent application spotted by CNN, Uber has drawn up a plan for AI that detects a user's drunken behavior to accommodate them before they get into the backseat.

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.




It is not known if the info will be used to deter drivers from picking up such passengers in order to sidestep potential trouble.

"For example, when the likelihood is comparatively very high, the user may not be matched with any provider, or limited to providers with experience or training with users having an unusual state", the patent states. Ideally, this would give Uber drivers a heads-up so they can fully prepare to deal with a drunk passenger or pass on them entirely in favor of someone who is sober.

'It could mean that they offer different pricey for drunk passengers, which means Uber could take advantage of a users state to charge them more'.

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

In the United States, there were 103 instances of Uber drivers sexually assaulting or abusing riders between 2014 and 2018.


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