The surprising thing Uber will soon know about you

13 June, 2018, 23:09 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

Uber is also exploring the possibility of matching inebriated passengers with drivers who have had relevant training to deal with drunk behaviour. This behavior could include typos, how precisely a user clicks on links and buttons, the time of day, walking speed, how long it takes to request a ride, and more.

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

A new Uber patent would use AI to tell if passengers are 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.

Uber said: "Such monitoring and trip feedback may indicate whether a user's state was unusual during the trip or when picked up by the provider".


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. A photographer (R) takes pictures of the logo for ride-hailing service Uber during a press conference in Taipei on April 13, 2017.

According to the site, there have been over 100 cases of abuse and assault by Uber drivers in the past four years - and in many of these cases, passengers were drunk.

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.

It is unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown. In April, CNN published an investigation that found more than 100 accusations of sexual misconduct by Uber drivers against passengers.

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