Posted By Eugene Bruno & Associates Posted in: Rideshare Accident.
If you are drunk, common sense tells you to not get behind the wheel of your car, and, instead, request an Uber ride using your phone. But imagine being denied a ride because you are too drunk before you even get the chance to meet your driver or say a single word.
Yep, Uber is trying to create a system that uses machine learning to predict how drunk Uber passengers are. And it makes sense why. A drunk passenger can be a huge headache for an Uber driver:
“Neither of these things are fun for Uber drivers,” explains our Chula Vista ridesharing accident attorney at the Eugene Bruno & Associates, P.C. “In fact, by riding in an Uber, a drunk passenger also puts himself or herself at risk of some bad stuff happening to them. This is especially true for female passengers, as multiple Uber drivers have been accused of taking advantage of their female passengers’ state to sexually assault them.”
Uber, for its part, would be thrilled if these lawsuits filed by and against drunk passengers were gone forever. Bad publicity is something Uber wants to avoid, which is why preventing drunk passengers from requesting rides with Uber would be a godsend.
That is why the company is gravitating toward a potential solution: Just do not let overly intoxicated people use Uber. The company is working on a system that uses machine learning to predict how drunk Uber passengers are, according to Futurism.
In order to make its prediction, the system does not need to smell alcohol on your breath neither does it need to hear your slurring speech. Instead, the system focuses on the following factors to determine how drunk you are:
Based on this algorithm, the system is capable of predicting an Uber passenger’s state, because it compares this info to your prior history with Uber. If you usually make lots of typos every time you request a ride through an Uber app, it would not be a sign that you are drunk. Requesting a ride on a Friday or Saturday night with lots of typos, on the other hand, is a red flag for Uber drivers.
However, in no way does it mean that once, and if, Uber equips its app with this prediction algorithm, you will not be able to get home if you are drunk. The company expected to adjust how its drivers want to respond to ride requests from drunk passengers:
“Meaning: if the system predicts that you are drunk, the likelihood that you, as a passenger, will not be matched with any Uber driver is very high,” explains our Chula Vista ridesharing accident attorney.
Could the prediction algorithm reduce the number of Uber and ridesharing accidents and incidents in San Diego and elsewhere in California? It could, but only time will tell. If you have been in an accident as an Uber passenger or drive, do not hesitate to speak to our lawyers at the Eugene Bruno & Associates, P.C. Get a free consultation by calling at 888-278-6688 or fill out this contact form.