Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Uber Applies For Patent That Will Identify Drunk Passengers

Uber wants to use AI to identify drunk passengers Uber wants to use AI to identify drunk passengers
Priscilla Morrison | 12 June, 2018, 14:54

If a customer is impaired, they will be matched with a driver "with experience or training with users having an unusual state", the patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office states.

Uber may be able to tell when you've had a few too many drinks.

Earlier this year the ride-sharing company announced it was teaming up with start-up Cargo, which would a provide Uber customers in the U.S. with a range of goods to purchase while riding.

The system, described by members of Uber's Trust & Safety team in 2016, tracks how someone normally uses Uber's app through AI - if they commit typos, their walking speed, and the rate at which they drop their phone.

It will also draw on the location of the rider and the time of day the request is made.

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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.

Passengers also might not be given the option to partake in a shared ride, based on their state.

According to Uber, knowing whether a rider is drunk or exhausted could help prevent issues with a trip. "It's not a big deal, but it definitely gets old after about the 25th time", Harry Campbell, author of The RideShare Guy blog, told CNN Money. 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.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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