Your Uber driver may soon have a really good gauge on whether you’re drunk or not before you even get in the car. Uber recently filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology it says can be used for “predicting user state using machine learning.” It would track how the person used their phone, the angle it is being held, how the customer is walking while holding it, and especially the time and place where the ride request is coming from in order to make a call on if the potential customers is intoxicated. What is not known: if the information will be used to deter drivers from picking up such passengers in order to sidestep potential trouble. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said the tech may be used to match possibly intoxicated customers to drivers specially trained to deal with the circumstances.
Uber said it may soon know if customers are drunk - even before they get picked up. The ride-hailing company said in a recent patent application that it has come up with a way to tell "the state of the user" by analyzing a number of factors.