The application, which was published on June 7, outlines a system where artificial intelligence is used to determine "uncharacteristic user states". Boozers could out themselves by "making typos, not precisely clicking on links and buttons, the way they are holding their phone, their walking speed and how long it takes to request a ride", says The Daily Telegraph. A driver set to pick up a particularly tipsy passenger might get a notification on their phone beforehand, or they could be told to meet the rider at the designated location a bit later to give the person more time to get to the auto before driving off.
The company has reportedly applied for a patent for a piece of technology that would use machine learning to identify drunk customers.
The drivers' share of the blame will soon get fixed, as Uber already announced plans to have a more restrictive screening process for the drivers, including criminal background and driving history checks.
Furthermore, passengers might not be given the option to be included in a shared ride, based on their state, and as for Uber drivers, drunk passengers is notably a drawback of the job.
It's unclear if drivers will be given this information assuming the patent is granted, but it stands to reason they will, in order to better serve the riders and understand who their passengers are.More news: Prince George pictured playing with a toy gun and people aren't happy
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It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers.
Ironically, Uber is concerned about drunk passengers assaulting their drivers while it is turning a blind eye to the many cases of sexual assault by Uber drivers.
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.