While the taxi or cab service application company, Uber, has been expanding furiously across countries in the recent past, its brand name has been taking a beating by frequent incidences of assaults and abuses. To counter this, the research and development division of Uber has announced that they are working on a technology that can identify if certain individuals are drunk or high on drugs.
A recent CNN investigation report determined that more than 103 Uber drivers were accused of misbehavior with passengers in the past four years, with most of the victims were drunk.
The technology will be a patent of Uber, identifying whether the driver or incoming occupants are showing abnormal behaviors and may be a threat to others. The patent would be using a list of data that Uber has collected to adjudge a user’s level of inebriation. Leveraging the growing concept of artificial intelligence (AI), the system will be noticing a user’s walking speed, will look for uncharacteristic typing errors while booking their ride request, and even how well the users are holding their phones.
In case a user is identified to be dodgy in terms of behavior, Uber will be taking adequate measures such as assigning able drivers for the specific rides and directing the user to an adequately lighted pickup point. Additionally, Uber will be able to deny shared rides to these individuals to improve its tainted image.
As of now, this Uber technology is only in theory with a sense of doing a greater good, but is it commercially viable?