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13 June 2018, 11:14 | Kelvin Horton
Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers
It can identify "a normal or abnormal state of the respective user of the respective service", the patent reads, based off training a computer model to look at certain data sets, such as the angle the device is held at, the time the auto is ordered, or walking speed, according to the patent, entitled "predicting user state using machine learning". The system relies on an algorithm to weigh a variety of factors, including typos, how precise a user clicks on links and buttons, the speed at which the user is walking, and how long it takes to request a ride. The system will also take into consideration the time of day and the location of the pickup.
According to a patent applicationspotted 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. Based on the patent, the system appears to be one that depends on past user data to predict future behaviors.
It's still too early to tell how this new feature would be implemented, or the eventuality of adding it to its current services, an Uber spokesperson told ABC News.
It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers.
While the system could be used to prevent drunk and disorderly passengers from riding, CNN pointed out that it could be a draw for some drivers.
Ride-hailing services like Uber have transformed nightlife in car-centric cities, ditching the need for designated drivers and limiting intake of alcohol. The official report says the company is working on artificial intelligence tech for this new patent.
Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi.
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