According to the application, Uber envisions a system integrated into the Uber app that can identify unusual behavior by would-be passengers using algorithms. The system will also give drivers more information and warning about the passenger's state and make them get prepared for the adventure ahead.
The patent application, which was first uncovered by CNN, refers to a computer model that can predict user states based on data from their current in-app requests, as well as their previous behaviours.
Uber has submitted a patent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in which it details an AI that can identify drunk and exhausted passengers.More news: Sydney Loofe: Duo charged after Tinder date murder
Uber could soon know if you are drunk when you hail a cab.
If a customer is impaired, they will be matched with a driver "with experience or training with users having an unusual state", the patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office states.
If there are no drivers with expertise in such matters available, the drunk passengers could be denied service.More news: John Boyega tweets about 'Star Wars' fan harassment, Mark Hamill wades in
Uber is often used by British merrymakers after Friday post-work drinks or a Saturday night of revelry, so the company could potentially alienate a solid customer base, if indeed its patent plans lead to a drunk-sniffing system.
'It could mean that they offer different pricey for drunk passengers, which means Uber could take advantage of a users state to charge them more'.
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The patent adds that Uber drivers could be warned of a passenger's state before they're picked up, letting them prepare for the journey in advance.