The original filing, which can be read in full courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, essentially would use artificial intelligence to determine whether or not an Uber user is impaired based on how they use the app, CNN reported.
However, it is not exactly clear if this data will be used to deter an Uber driver from picking up a passenger in order to evade any potential drunken predicament.
Factors include typos, walking speed, precision in clicking on links and buttons, the angle at which a user holds the phone and how long it takes to request a ride. And you'd imagine that any driver agreeing to pick up passengers at these times is already well-aware of what to expect.
Rideshare giant Uber has applied for a patent in the United States, for software that will develop the ability to detect intoxicated passengers using machine learning.
Uber has filed a patent (spotted by CNN) for a system that uses AI to identify drunk passengers.
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A tech that can tell if a passenger is drunk could help drivers avoid dealing with customers that are out-of-control or start puking in their cars.
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.
If there are no drivers with expertise in such matters available, the drunk passengers could be denied service. Should Uber figure out a way to alert drivers when a passenger might be drunk? Uber's decision to introduce a tech-savvy app comes following the incidents where nearly 103 drivers have been accused of sexually harassing passengers in the past couple of years.
It is unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown. Uber's planned AI feature could, in theory, let drivers easily scout neighborhoods to find drunken passengers for this objective.