Uber submits patent to detect drunken app users

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The application filed by Uber with the United States Patent and Trademark Office describes a system that would measure what it calls the "state" of customers using the app.

The user's current state is also determined by this system based on how they handle their smartphone.

It also looks at how many times they tap on the Uber app, exactly where they tap, their walking speed and how long it takes for them to request a ride.

The passenger's location, the time of day and the day of the week may also be considered.

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A new Uber patent would use AI to tell if passengers are drunk.

What do you do when you've had a few too many Bud heavies at happy hour?

Still, it is not hard to imagine that a driver with a new, shiny, upholstered auto might think twice about picking up a passenger they know to be sloshed.

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

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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". The official report says the company is working on artificial intelligence tech for this new patent. 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.

According to Uber, knowing whether a rider is drunk or exhausted could help prevent issues with a trip.

The patent states that if a potential rider is acting uncharacteriscally, they could be rerouted to certain drivers who are experienced with handling troubled passengers, or not at all.

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