Uber Introduces "Quiet Mode" Premium Feature

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Because this is something I've experienced frequently as an avid Uber user, learning that Uber was finally offering a "quiet mode" option for passengers who don't want to talk to their Uber drivers made me breathe a sigh of relief.

Now, riders using Uber Black-the ride hailing firm's premium service-can easily let their chauffeur know rather skip the conversation and travel in silence.

'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, ' the company said.

When Uber first launched they had only one vehicle type, a black luxury auto.

Uber has also stated that they will now require drivers to have much nicer and newer cars for new drivers signing up to qualify as Uber Black drivers.

The new option is only available when booking their premium ride-sharing service.

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They can also ask for extra time before getting into the auto without incurring late pickup fees, and will able to speak directly to a customer service representative if something goes wrong, the report said.

Sadly, we can't exactly just mute randoms when they approach you but you will be able to do that with your Uber driver.

There's no word on whether the features will be extended to Australia, but we do have Uber Comfort, Pool, SUV and Lux, so we've got a fairly good chance of being handed the extra options within an update or three.

In order to use Quiet Mode, users have to select an Uber Black or Uber Black SUV. "We're looking to create more differentiation between the premium products and the regular products to encourage more trips" Uber product manager Aydin Ghajar tells me. However, users must set their preferences before hailing the cab and not once in the vehicle.

The idea behind coming up with such feature also intends towards women, who might feel uncomfortable when male drivers constantly talk to them and want to stay away from unwanted flirtation.

There's also a Bags option that informs the driver they have luggage with them to allow the driver to pull over somewhere they can easily load them into the trunk. As part of Uber Black's latest makeover, Uber will be implementing new vehicle requirements. The company went live with its first ride in May 2010.

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