Uber has applied for a patent for an artificial intelligence product from that could figure out if someone is drunk, and just how far gone a person is from his “normal state.” CNN first spotted the application.
The system would use a series of smartphone interaction measurements to figure out a passenger’s “user state.” The activity it would look at is: “data input accuracy, data input speed, interface interaction behavior, device angle, or walking speed.” It could also possibly take into account data about location, time of day, and other factors.
This system would certainly give drivers more information about the person they’re picking up. They could deny a ride to someone who’s wasted, or maybe if they’re nice, just offer them extra water.
Or, perhaps it would trigger extra monitoring on Uber’s end, and could be a new way to deal with the sexual assault allegations against Uber’s drivers, who have taken advantage of inebriated passengers in the past.