Uber wants to identify drunk passengers by patenting a system based on how riders use their phones

Uber is exploring new technology to sense if a passenger is drunk by looking at how they type and other environmental factors.

Emily Treadgold

The popular ridesharing company Uber is trying to find a way to check if potential passengers are drunk.


A new patent application was published on Thursday that will try to use artificial intelligence to tailor their rides to their customers.


The application describes a system that learns how you use their app and identify when you could be drunk; things like types, how to check clicks and buttons, walking speed and other factors.

It would be cool if drivers got extra money for picking up drunk passengers. It's not a big deal, but it definitely gets old after about the 25th time.

Harry Campbell, The RideShare Guy
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The time of day and location will also be factored in. If someone is walking at 2 a.m. and their walking pattern is weird, and they have a lot of typos, that person might be drunk.


The Uber service can change for a drunk passenger. Drivers might be warned of the passenger being drunk, or maybe theyll be matched with someone with more training.


It's a hassle for drivers to deal with drunk passengers but one of the key selling points of rideshare programs is promoting an easy way to get a ride home and eliminating the need to drive on a night out.

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