Uber Patent To Detect Drunk Passengers When Requesting A Ride

Uber Technologies Incorporation is founded back in  March 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. It has its headquarters at San Francisco, California, U.S. Uber is a peer-to-peer ridesharing taxi cab in the network of transportation. The firm also has food delivery provision. You can access Uber through its website or the mobile app. It is currently operated in 633 cities worldwide. Its sharing economy status has been consistent to the extent that the changes in the industry caused due to Uber are given a reference as Uberisation. The meaning of Uber comes from the commonly used word uber that indicates super or topmost.

Uber is known to have created a revolution in the transportation industry. Now it's looking for a way to do the same in the case of drunk people. The safety concern is something that needs to be taken care of. And Uber has initiated its step towards taking up the responsibility in its hands by applying for a patent with the United States Patent and the Trademark Office to form a system that would make use of machine learning to understand and conclude the state in which a passenger is in. With the patent comes, a list of potential data that Uber can make use of to determine the level of intoxication of the passenger. There a set of elements in this potential data that will be taken into consideration like the typos that occur while requesting for a ride, if the phone sways or not, the speed the person is walking at, and the angle of the phone being held.

Uber says this technology will be used to guide drunk passengers to a safer pickup point or to prevent them from traveling in Uber pool with others to avoid any inconvenience, to either connect them with drivers who are good at dealing with drunk people.

There is no certified evidence to prove Uber is onto this new technology. Uber refrained from making any immediate comments.

Source: The Guardian, Source of the image: The Daily Dot

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