Uber launches 'Quiet Mode' for when you don't want to speak to your driver
No matter how much of an extrovert you normally are, we all need some alone time occasionally. Headphones in, phone set to Do Not Disturb, and absolutely no interaction with fellow humans - and if this extends to your nearest and dearest - your Uber driver best prepare themselves for the silent treatment.
Luckily, the company has released a new feature which allows you to ride in silence, without compromising your Uber rating.
The ride-hailing app has launched a new feature which lets users request minimal conversation from the driver while they travel to their destination.
Users will have to pay extra to take advantage of the development, however, as "Quiet Mode" is only available for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides.
The feature was unveiled last week, and since then users have been able to choose from "Quiet Preferred", "Happy to Chat", or "No Preference" under the "Conversation" banner.
"If you need to respond to emails or are in the mood for a nap, make your trip a quieter one with just one tap," Uber wrote in a press release about the new feature. "If you’re in the mood to chat, that’s an option too."
This follows the company's move to roll out a new list of "ride preferences", available solely during premium rides.
As well as introducing "Quiet Mode", users can also request help with luggage, and set their preferred temperature ahead of time.
Further, with "Extended Pickup Period", riders can expect their driver to wait a bit longer before cancelling the ride. Premium users will still be charged if their rider has to wait five minutes, but the driver will have to stall for a further 15 minutes before terminating the journey.
"We know that when riders choose Uber Black and Uber Black SUV, they want a consistent, high quality experience every time they ride," Uber continued. "With these new features and more to come, we’re excited to ensure that our riders can arrive relaxed and refreshed, wherever they’re headed."
Per The Verge, Uber Black rides are normally 100 per cent more expensive than the company's low-cost option, Uber X, and 200 per cent more expensive than its carpool option, Uber Pool.
Uber's competitor, Lyft, has also considered launching a similar feature.