Isn't ordering an Uber at 4am on Saturday a enough??? Apparently not...
Uber has submitted a patent for a system that can tell whether someone ordering a ride is drunk. The system uses an algorithm that looks for whether a person is making typos, or how they are holding their phone, their walking speed and more to determine if they are exhibiting unusual behavior, which could lead to them being a denied a ride.
But the tool could be used for different reasons. Uber suggests that if a passenger is determined to be too drunk they could be matched with a rider more equipped to handle them, or they could be given a more well-lit area to meet their driver.
Of course, some experts see a big downside to this system. In addition to denying people rides, some suggest it could be a “tool for predators,” with drivers possibly going “drunk hunting,” so at the very least, they could manipulate their fares on someone too drunk to notice.