Tired of chatty drivers? Uber is giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to ask for minimal conversation during your ride. The “Quiet Mode” feature is free and will be available to everyone in the U.S. tomorrow, but only on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides.
Users can select “Quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or leave the setting at “No preference.” The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay for Uber’s more expensive vehicle types so they can work, nap, take a call or just relax in the car.
Uber’s app now also lets Uber Black riders select the temperature of their vehicle so you can ensure it feels just right inside when it shows up, and you can also let the driver know if you have any bags with you so they can hop out and assist you. There’s also the chance to extend the pickup period by up to 15 minutes at no extra cost should you need a little longer to get ready.
Uber also wants to ensure Uber Black riders can expect a consistent level of quality from professional drivers (with commercial licenses) and their cars, which will have similar models, makes, interiors, and exteriors.
These new features have been released yesterday (May 15) in the US. The updated driver and vehicle requirements are active in most major cities in the US, with more to follow.