The surprising thing Uber will soon know about you

Daniel Fowler
June 14, 2018

The patent said: "The system receives the trip request from a user and generates a prediction about the current state of the user using the computer model".

So in an attempt to avoid negative transport experiences for both user and driver, Uber could use this information to determine whether a more experienced or trained driver should be assigned to the user. The technology also will take into account the location of the passenger, time of day and even the speed of his walk.

A new patent application suggests Uber is exploring identifying drunk passengers with artificial intelligence.

Uber said: "Such monitoring and trip feedback may indicate whether a user's state was unusual during the trip or when picked up by the provider".

Ride-sharing giant Uber, already in the midst of controversy over behavior by some of its drivers, filed for a patent that is sure to raise eyebrows.

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It is not known if the info will be used to deter drivers from picking up such passengers in order to sidestep potential trouble.

Uber's idea, as it is written out, manages to make some late-night rides a bit less awkward without barring drunken passengers from the service entirely.

In the patent, Uber wrote: "A travel coordination system identifies uncharacteristic user activity and may take an action to reduce undesired consequences of uncharacteristic user states". Should Uber figure out a way to alert drivers when a passenger might be drunk?

Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi.

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.

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