Uber wants to know if passengers are drunk before picking them up.
According to the site, there have been over 100 cases of abuse and assault by Uber drivers in the past four years - and in many of these cases, passengers were drunk.
The spooky new algorithm will take various factors into consideration, including typos made while requesting a ride, the time taken by a user to interact with notifications, their travel speed, and even the angle at which the device is being held.
If a customer is impaired, they will be matched with a driver "with experience or training with users having an unusual state", the patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office states. And you'd imagine that any driver agreeing to pick up passengers at these times is already well-aware of what to expect.
"Past trip information may be parameterized to a profile of the user and identify how the user activity of the current trip request deviates from previous (or "normal") behavior for that user".
That being said this is only a patent so there's no telling if Uber actually plans on implementing it.
Ridesharing service provider Uber has reportedly submitted a patent application to reserve its right over the latest development that will be able to detect drunken riders very soon.
Uber has come under fire for its atrocious work culture (something it's working on fixing) and the negative impact it has had on the value of taxi medallions, something advocates are concerned may have led to a string of taxi cab driver suicides.
Take a look at these Uber incidents below.
The patent applications say that Uber's VR technology will provide riders with something to do to make their commutes less monotonous.
It is unclear how riders will access Uber's VR system - whether or not they will have to don a used headset is unknown.
The patent adds that Uber drivers could be warned of a passenger's state before they're picked up, letting them prepare for the journey in advance.