Uber Has New Feature That Should Terrify Heavy Drinkers

Jena Greene | Reporter

Uber is planning to roll out a brand new feature that probably won’t make most riders very excited.

According to the ride-sharing service, Uber will now start tracking its riders to determine whether they’re intoxicated before they even get in the car.

“By monitoring how they use their phone, the angle it is being held, how the customer is walking — and especially if the ride is being ordered up from a bar at 2 a.m. — the ride-hailing company can figure out if a drunk customer is looking for a lift, the company said in a patent application,” the New York Post reports.

And while it’s not yet clear whether Uber drivers will have the option to cancel their rides if they deem their riders to be too intoxicated, it’s probably a good bet that this new program will change the experience forever.

I’m pretty split on this issue. On the one hand, I’ve heard horror stories from Uber drivers about their drunk riders. People fight, vomit, urinate, and do pretty much everything else imaginable in the car when they’re drunk. So I understand Uber wanting to protect its drivers.

But on the other hand, how much is this going to change the flavor of a night out? Is it going to be harder to get rides home if you’re a little tipsy? That sounds pretty unreasonable to me. I suppose next they’re going to try to get people to drink responsibly?

Please. The last time I checked, this is America, where citizens are free to drink as much as they want without any repercussion or consequences whatsoever. I may not be an expert in psychology, but de-incentivizing people from drinking sounds like a losing game. And it sounds like Uber may be about to find that out the hard way.

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