Uber patent could detect how drunk you are when ordering a ride

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At least that's according to a patent application spotted by CNN with the title "predicting user state using machine learning".

Uber wants to be able to tell you when you've had too many drinks.

But a patent application from the ride-hailing giant reveals plans for a system that identifies intoxicated customers when they request a ride. With the technology, Uber could better tailor its ride options for customers. The system relies on an algorithm to weigh a variety of factors, including typos, how precise a user clicks on links and buttons, the speed at which the user is walking, and how long it takes to request a ride.

Drivers may receive a notification that the person requesting the ride could be intoxicated, which also could result in more experienced drivers being routed to help riders who could present a problem for someone less experienced.

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For example, a rider clumsily typing at 1 a.m. on a Saturday would likely be considered not sober.

According to Uber, knowing whether a rider is drunk or exhausted could help prevent issues with a trip.

Uber's patent also says it could, potentially, use the technology to deny rides to users based on their current state, or perhaps match them with other drivers with relevant skills or training. Drivers may be warned about the sobriety of their passengers.

But, of course, notifying a driver beforehand could set a few liabilities in motion: Like, as The Verge hypothesizes, motivating a driver to decline picking up Sloshy McSlosherson, which, to the wasted, could be code for, "You're too drunk, drive home instead".

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