Friday, 20 July, 2018

Uber Tech Could Tell If You're Smashed Before You Get into vehicle

Uber Tech Could Tell If You're Smashed Before You Get into vehicle Uber Tech Could Tell If You're Smashed Before You Get into vehicle
Nellie Chapman | 13 June, 2018, 23:15

Sources told CNN that the AI will track unusual behavior on the passengers' smartphones, based on their location, inaccuracies in data input, typing speed, the angle at which the smartphone is being held, and users' walking speed.

Rideshare giant Uber has applied for a patent in the United States, for software that will develop the ability to detect intoxicated passengers using machine learning. By user's state, it means Uber would be able to identify if you're drunk and how far from your normal state.

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. The new technology will allow Uber to warn its drivers when a passenger is perceived to be drunk, giving them the opportunity to deny the request for a ride.

Professor Andre Spicer, from Cass Business School in London, told the Telegraph: 'This opens up the opportunity for drivers to identify drunk passengers and potentially take advantage of it.

The concern is that people deemed excessively drunk might be refused service from Uber, which could lead to them trying to drive home themselves or getting into other risky situations.

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

Just how Uber takes steps to avoid this scenario is anyone's guess.

It is unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown.

CNN reported the filing of the patent that could predict the state of sobriety of a passenger and keep the driver's informed about the same.