Uber is reportedly developing a technology that allows it to identify when a passenger is drunk. According to a patent, first spotted by CNN, the company has an AI system that can detect drunk passengers through patterns in their behaviour. It can apparently detect such passengers even before they get into the car.
The system can apparently track how a user uses the Uber app, including their typing patterns, typos, how precise their button clicks are, walking speeds and the way they hold their phone in their hands. All of this information is used to determine whether a passenger is drunk, even before they get into an Uber car.
Further, the patent describes that a rider’s ride will be shaped based on how drunk they are. Drivers could be given a notification beforehand, to inform them of the passenger’s drunken state. They might also be asked to take longer to meet the passenger, to give them time to sober down. The app might even match drunk passengers only with drivers who are trained to handle such situations.
The system is of course far from deployment right now, but it could be useful for Uber in the long run. Also, given the vast number of countries the company operates in, it could open up the opportunity for the company to license its system to others.