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Uber wants to be able to detect if you are drunk BEFORE they match you with a driver.

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butterworth67
Rider
 Posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Uber is applying for a patent that would help detect if someone (a rider) is drunk before they get in an Uber. They think they can tell this through the persons phone, what they are doing on the phone, how they are holding their phone, etc. This would then lead Uber to only match up drunk passengers with certain drivers who have training/also send a warning to the driver.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/11/uber-applies-for-patent-that-would-detect-drunk-passengers/

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    changingtides
     8 months ago

    I just do not see how they will be able to detect if someone is drunk simply through how they are holding their phone. I bet they are going to get a lot of false positives.

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    cContino77
    141
     8 months ago

    Much easier with pot heads. Look for Dorito covered hands.  

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    drollfan
    Rider
     8 months ago

    So basically the level of Uber driver I will get will depend on how I carry my phone. Great.

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    breakingbread
    163 Rider Driver
     8 months ago

    I don't see the harm in this. Frankly, I want to know what kind of passenger I am getting so I can prepare. Driving around drunks is never easy.

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    KateHarley68
     8 months ago

    There are definitely some confusion as to the intent of such feature. 

    "Notifying drivers when a passenger is drunk could save those drivers the headache of hauling around an out-of-control passenger, or prevent drivers from dealing with passengers who puke in their car, which may lead to disputed charges. But the system described in this patent could also allow for predatory behavior by malicious drivers"

    Yeah...and speaking of predatory behavior, that may even involve drivers who look for clean up fees. 

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    ScarySamantha
     8 months ago

    They should implement this for the driver first. itll be easy. Just piggy it back with the identity check, the selfie checker.  Just breath into the sensor on the phone. 

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      JBurdHop
      183 Rider
       8 months ago

      I agree but they won't.  Uber doesn't make any money by implementing this.  

      Or course that's until this becomes a huge problem.  Ironically though, I don't think it will. Not sure if dunks wanna work be Ubering...

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    drakespit
     8 months ago

    This is so scary to me, they will know how I am holding my phone?! I feel like by using Uber you are going to have to sign off on so many permissions. Maybe I will switch to Lyft finally.