Uber app

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.

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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.