Uber will soon be able to tell when a rider is drunk

Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

"The system uses a computer model to identify user and trip characteristics indicative of the uncharacteristic user states", says the patent application. The time of day and pickup location might also be a factor-someone trying to order a ride at 2:30 in the morning from somewhere packed with bars and nightclubs is unlikely to be sober.

The company has reportedly applied for a patent for a piece of technology that would use machine learning to identify drunk customers.

Uber is working on technology that could determine just how drunk passengers are when ordering a ride.

Uber may want to give their drivers more complete information as to how intoxicated their passengers are, if they are sound of mind and allow drivers to compare behavior from one ride to another, according to a patent filed recently.

Uber may be able to tell when you've had a few too many drinks.

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That behavior would be weighed against how that particular customer usually uses the app.

"It could lead to the possibility of some drivers avoiding drunk passengers and in the worst cases 'drunk hunting".

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. A photographer (R) takes pictures of the logo for ride-hailing service Uber during a press conference in Taipei on April 13, 2017.

Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi. According to a recent CNN investigation, at least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in just the past four years.

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