Uber is working on AI to identify drunk passengers

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It also calculates the time the rider has interacted with the Uber app.

"Predicting user state using machine learning", is how the company succinctly describes their latest technological endeavour.

For example, if you ordered an Uber in an area with lots of bars in the early hours of the morning, this suggests that you could be more likely to be drunk.

The technology proposed in the Uber patent is an interesting concept; using a digital algorithm based on user phone activity to determine the physical state of a person is certainly new.

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

It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers.

The patent application's authors are current or former members of Uber's Trust & Safety team, which works to make the company's products safer.

Uber driverAP
Uber driverAP

The patent also says that the service Uber provides to the user could change, as a result.

By knowing this information, a driver may be warned of their passenger's state - even before they pick them up.

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.

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

According to Uber, knowing whether a rider is drunk or exhausted could help prevent issues with a trip.

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

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