Jun 12, 2018

Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be. That, coupled with a data breach that exposed personal data about more than 100,000 Uber drivers, made the company introduce tough measures to protect the privacy of drivers and customers. CNN reported that more than 100 Uber drivers in the US had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the past four years, with 31 drivers convicted of crimes including false imprisonment and rape. Critics expressed concern that an app that could predict user behaviour could be used by drivers wishing to prey on vulnerable passengers. "In a statement, Uber said:"We are always exploring ways that our technology can help improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers.

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