One of the biggest benefits of rideshare culture is that more and more inebriated passengers are out from behind the wheel. Of course, the burden of all those blitzed people now rests on the shoulders of Uber and Lyft drivers, who are just trying to make a living.
Uber is working on some remedies to diffuse dangerous situations that can arise from carting around drunk—or high—passengers (see video of the worst ever Uber passenger below). One idea, according to The Guardian, is depositing the 1990s-era game Bop It in the backseats of cars. The game, which tests memory and reaction time, is a catnip-like diversion to impaired passengers.
“An intoxicated rider who is engaged in something interesting is less likely to be irritable and aiming aggression at the driver,” Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan told the newspaper.
Another idea taking hold is rear-facing mirrors. In Seattle, such reflective devices have shown to discourage jerk-like behavior in people. We vote for Keurig machines in every car, so that even the sober people can reap the rewards.