Uber offers ‘Quiet Mode’ option for passengers to discourage chatty drivers

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Uber Black and Uber Black SUV are the company's premium auto services that place riders in high-end vehicles.

"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". However, if you're in the mood to chat, you can select that option too.

"We know that when riders choose Uber Black and Uber Black SUV, they want a consistent, high quality experience every time they ride".

Users also get access to a dedicated customer-support line and what the Uber bills as "professionalism" and "consistent quality" - meaning Uber is promising there's a commercially licensed driver behind the wheel, who is showing up in the kind of vehicle one would expect when using a luxury auto service.

Uber is positioning the option as part of an array of "high-quality services" designed for folks who can afford the company's pricer ridesharing options.

Extended Pickup Period: riders will have a little extra time to get to the vehicle when unexpected delays pop up.

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The driver will have to wait up to 15 minutes for the rider, instead of the usual 1-5 minutes.

"But really, why do we not have Lyft/Uber quiet mode yet".

The company told TechCrunch that during the past three months they have done extensive research on driver perceptions, after which they came up with this new feature.

Uber's new feature should make it easier for users to have a quiet ride when it might otherwise be awkward to make that request to the driver's face.

It may also help improve their passenger rating. Of course, the development will be accompanied by a price premium, which should not be an issue for riders who need more, and are choosy about what they really want.

The features will go live in Columbia and SC on Thursday and will roll out across the United States within few days.

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