Uber adds Quiet Mode for passengers who don't want to talk to drivers


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The mode is one of several preferences Uber introduced yesterday for its luxury Uber Black and UberSUV services, which use premium cars and professional drivers who must maintain a rating of 4.85 or higher. Uber says the preferences have to be set up before hailing a ride, and that they offer “an increasing number of ways for riders to personalize their experiences.”

Quiet Mode lets users select from 'quiet preferred', 'happy to chat' or 'no preference,’ meaning you won’t have to tell the driver you don’t wish to talk—something most people are unlikely to feel comfortable with. Riders can also set their preferred temperature and request help with luggage. Premium rides have also received extended pickup times and live phone support.

Even if you do select the ‘quiet preferred’ option, the driver isn’t under any obligation to keep silent during the trip. “It’s not mandatory,” Uber product manager Aydin Ghajar told TechCrunch. “The driver is an independent contractor. We’re just communicating the rider’s preference. The driver can have that information and do with it what they want.” Ignoring the request will likely result in poor rating for the driver, of course.

Given that Uber Black and UberSUV can cost double or treble the price of a standard ride, it’s not surprising to see the company trying to tempt people into using the expensive services by introducing these preferences.

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I love this idea and it sounds like they rolled it out perfectly. "preferred". Lots of people just need the ride.

Knot Schure

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I'm a BIG fan of Uber.

I make a point to use only them now when on business in HK. Since I commute to the far side of Hong Kong Island, about 1 in 4 times I get told 'no' for my ride in a red taxi, even though the hotel called & I waited for it. So phuck 'em.

And Uber don't complain about price, I am never guilted into tipping, and given the electronic payment - never short-changed. Furthermore its easy to get the large van, and recline & sleep on the way to the office. Try that in a red taxi.

It also amuses me that the worlds largest taxi firm doesn't own a single car.

Welcome to the new world Luddites.


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