Uber will soon be able to tell if you’re drunk and could refuse to pick you up
Uber has filed a patent for an artificial intelligence system which could be used to tell if passengers are drunk and potentially refuse them service. Its computer scientists have invented an artificial intelligence network capable of guessing a ‘user’s state’ through machine learning.
The techalyzer will be able to work out whether passengers are likely to ‘behave uncharacteristically (e.g., abnormally) during a trip’ and then automatically ‘modify their journey’. Although the patent does not explicitly mention inebriation, it could be used to help drivers turn down people who have a few too many.
In the patent describing its technology, Uber wrote: ‘A travel coordination system identifies uncharacteristic user activity and may take an action to reduce undesired consequences of uncharacteristic user states. ‘The system uses a computer model to identify the user and trip characteristics indicative of the unusual user state.’
Once it’s guessed you’re drunk, Uber could assign you a different driver who doesn’t mind transporting drunken passengers around town or perhaps even could cancel altogether if a drunken passenger is too obnoxious, too often.