Uber is Developing Technology to Spot Drunk Passengers

You’re drunk, go home. Good luck getting an Uber. The popular cab app is working on artificial intelligence that can spot if you’re too drunk to get into their car. 

 Uber is looking for `uncharacteristic user activity’

The app is working on a new technology and at first read, it might sound like it’s too much information.  It will let the Uber driver know your location, how accurately you’re typing and even the angle you’re holding your phone. If this works, it will help drivers that do not want to pick up drunk riders.

But this could be a downfall and be dangerous for disillusioned customers. Critics are saying it could help shady Uber drivers find vulnerable passengers. According to the application to the US patent office, the new technology would spot  “uncharacteristic user activity.’

But wait. Uber does not have the best record when it comes to collecting data.

Remember 2014? First,  Uber was using God View – a program that monitors real-time locations of customers and drivers. Second, the data breach that exposed information of about 100,00 drivers.  The company was forced to introduce tougher measures to protect the privacy of drivers and clients. Just last year, Uber founder, Travis Kalanic resigned in June 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment.

But that was then. This is now, and maybe Uber has all its cars in a row. In a statement, the company said: “We are always exploring ways that our technology can help improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers. “We file patent applications on many ideas, but not all of them actually become products or features.”


Here’s Shane talking to Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth about Uber and self-driving cars on the Geeks and Beats podcast.

 

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