Uber patent describes software that can tell when you’re drunk
As a matter of good practice, tech companies typically patent every idea they come up with, regardless of whether or not they plan to implement it. And with good reason, patent trolls love targeting tech firms in jurisdictions that tend to give frivolous lawsuits far more leeway than they otherwise deserve. Consequently, it’s not uncommon to come across downright bizarre patents that will never see the light of day. At the same time, sometimes you come across a quirky patent that is equal parts crazy and equal parts genius. A recent patent filing from Uber seems to encompass just that.
Initially spotted by The Telegraph, Uber filed a patent involving software that sets out to detect when a user hailing a ride happens to be intoxicated. The way the software sets out to determine such a thing is actually quite clever. According to the patent, Uber’s software would take a number of factors into account, including any typos made when entering in a destination, the time and place from which a ride request is made, and even a “user’s walking speed at the time the request is submitted.” All of this data can be compared to a user’s typical behavior in an effort to determine if a given user is acting uncharacteristically.