Uber submits patent to detect drunken app users

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After revealing a first look at its flying vehicle prototype, slated to launch in LA by 2020, Uber looks to further improve its service, as the ridesharing giant has explored identifying drunk passengers with artificial intelligence, according to a patent application.

The premise of the software is to use a learned algorithm to determine a user's state of inebriation.

It could also prevent the passenger from joining shared rides.

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

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Uber drivers could soon know if you are drunk before you have even been picked up.

By looking at the angle a phone is held at or how a person is walking the system could work out when an Uber user has had a few too many sherries.

However, a close look indicates that "what Uber is really interested in is detecting the difference between users of sound mind and users who are under the influence", says TechCrunch.

If there are no drivers with expertise in such matters available, the drunk passengers could be denied service.

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The patent application also indicates that the Uber service may change based on the outcome of the data analysis.

It is not known if the information will be used to stop drivers from picking up drunk passengers in order to avoid potential trouble.

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".

Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi. The system could also pair riders with drivers who are experienced to handle them.

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