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Uber Applies For Patent That Will Identify Drunk Passengers

Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers		
	Jordan Crook

   	7 hours Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers Jordan Crook @ 7 hours
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 07:08

After revealing a first look at its flying vehicle 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 mentions the app keeping track of how many typos a user makes, how accurate they are when (attempting) to hit the various links and buttons, their walking speed, and how long it takes to request a ride. With the technology, Uber could better tailor its ride options for customers.

Uber's patent also says it could, potentially, use the technology to deny rides to users based on their current state, or perhaps match them with other drivers with relevant skills or training.

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For example, a rider clumsily typing at 1 a.m. on a Saturday would likely be considered not sober.

However, it is not exactly clear if this data will be used to deter an Uber driver from picking up a passenger in order to evade any potential drunken predicament.

The patent also suggests that the service Uber provides to the user could change, as a result. Patent and Trademark Office for technology capable of determining a rider's state of mind.

Uber drivers could soon know if you are drunk before you have even been picked up. According to a recent CNN investigation, at least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in just the past four years.