【Uber的AI系统可以通过你如何用手机判断你是否喝醉了,并且提醒司机】

【Uber的AI系统可以通过你如何用手机判断你是否喝醉了,并且提醒司机】根据一项新的专利,Uber正在研究一种新方法,可以让司机知道叫车的乘客有没有喝醉酒。AI系统会根据用户如何拿着手机,来识别用户的醉酒程度。具体包括用户点击了Uber应用程序多少次,有没有准确点到位置,行走速度,以及叫车用了多长时间。随后,Uber的AI系统会确定用户是否表现出“不正常”的行为,并给司机选择是否拒绝用户乘坐。另外,Uber还在探索将醉醺醺的乘客和受过训练的司机相匹配,来处理醉酒行为的可能性。

Uber's AI system could soon tell if you're drunk by the way you hold your phone so it can alert its drivers before they pick you up

  • Patent suggests the firm is working on a system that identifies drunk behavior
  • The AI system looks at how you hold your phone and how quickly you're walking
  • It also monitors how many times and exactly where you tap on the Uber app
  • Drunk people may only be matched with drivers who have the relevant training 

Many of us are guilty of jumping into an Uber after having one too many drinks.

But that could soon be about to change.

According to a new patent application, Uber is working on a way to let its drivers know exactly how drunk passengers are before they pick them up.

The AI system identifies a user's level of intoxication based on how they're holding their phone.

It also looks at how many times they tap on the Uber app, exactly where they tap, their walking speed and how long it takes for them to request a ride.

It then identifies if they're exhibiting 'uncharacteristic' behaviour and gives drivers the option to deny them a ride.

Uber is also exploring the possibility of matching inebriated passengers with drivers who have had relevant training to deal with drunk behaviour.

The AI system identifies a user's level of intoxication based on how they're holding their phone. It also looks at how many times they tap on the Uber app, exactly where they tap, their walking speed and how long it takes for them to request a ride 

'The user behaviour may be compared against the user's prior behaviour to determine differences in the user behaviour for this request and normal behaviour of prior requests', the patent reads.

'The system can alter the parameters of a service based on the prediction about the state of the user requesting the service.'

As well as the way a passenger uses their phone, the algorithm will take into account if someone is ordering a ride in the early hours of the morning from an area where there are lots of bars.

Users that are drunk may also be presented with an alternative, easy-to-use version of the app.

The app may change the pick-up or drop-off location to somewhere safer or more accessible.

It could also prevent the passenger from joining shared rides.

However, experts fear it may allow drivers to undertake 'drunk hunting'.

Professor Andre Spicer, from Cass Business School in London, told the Telegraph: 'This opens up the opportunity for drivers to identify drunk passengers and potentially take advantage of it.

'It could lead to the possibility of some drivers avoiding drunk passengers and in the worst cases 'drunk hunting'.

'It may also make journeys safer for drunk passengers, so if they know who is a risky driver they might prevent that unsafe driver from picking up vulnerable riders.'

'It could mean that they offer different pricey for drunk passengers, which means Uber could take advantage of a users state to charge them more.'

Uber could be working on an AI system that detects when passengers are drunk. Those who are really inebriated may not even be given the option to take a shared ride, the patent suggests (stock image)

Uber could be working on an AI system that detects when passengers are drunk. Those who are really inebriated may not even be given the option to take a shared ride, the patent suggests (stock image)

It is not clear if the firm is working on this technology and MailOnline has contacted the company for comment.

In March the company published other patents suggesting it was working on technology that could keep riders entertained during their trip. 

Two patent applications, which have not yet been approved, hint at the concept of self-driving cars equipped with virtual reality technology, Motherboard reported in March.

The applications are both called 'Virtual Reality Experience For a Vehicle' and were filed in 2016.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published them in February.

In March the company published another patent suggesting it was working on technology that could keep riders entertained during their trip. The applications are both called 'Virtual Reality Experience For a Vehicle' and were filed in 2016. The above drawing was featured in them

In March the company published another patent suggesting it was working on technology that could keep riders entertained during their trip. The applications are both called 'Virtual Reality Experience For a Vehicle' and were filed in 2016. The above drawing was featured in them

The VR system that Uber is trying to patent creates an environment that is somewhat synced with the self-driving car's motions, the patent suggests.

The patent applications say that Uber's VR technology will provide riders with something to do to make their commutes less monotonous.

'Most people travel the same routes at the same times of day over and over again and are interested in using their travel time for something other than looking at whatever is currently visible out of the vehicle's windows,' the applications state.

Motion sickness can be induced by VR technology as a result of a lag occurring between simulated motion and real motion, according to Motherboard.

Uber's patents said that the company's VR system will address this issue.

Additionally, the technology could be used to point out useful information to tourists taking Ubers in unfamiliar areas.

It is unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown.

 ARE RIDE-HAILING APPS SPYING ON YOUR PRIVATE DATA?

Lyft is the latest ride-sharing app to face intense scrutiny surrounding abuse of customer data

A complaint was filed on an anonymous workplace chat app, Blind, that alleged staffers are spying on customer data

Both Uber and Lyft have been called into question over whether their staffers spy on customer information like trip data

Both Uber and Lyft have been called into question over whether their staffers spy on customer information like trip data

The employees may have been looking at trip information for Mark Zuckerberg, ex-girlfriends, porn stars and high-profile actresses

In the post, the anonymous tipster said they've witnessed staffers spying on customer data 'for far too long'

'I can't stand to watch this any longer and this post is made in the hope that this will shame people into taking corrective action,' the post said

Lyft said it will investigate the claims as it looks to preserve consumer trust

Rival ride-hailing firm Uber has also come under fire for surveilling user data

In 2014, it was discovered that Uber used a secretive tool called 'God view'

'God view' would let employees spy on customer data from politicians, ex-girlfriends and celebrities

Uber must now comply with privacy audits for the next 19 years

Pictured, a screenshot of Uber's 'God view' tool that it used to spy on drivers and riders. A 2014 report alleged that the company used it to look at trip data from politicians, exes and actresses


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