Uber drivers won't talk to you - if you pay the premium

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However, one final feature is sure to draw the attention of riders who want some privacy: Quiet Mode. The new "quiet mode" feature is free and will be available to all users in the USA, albeit only available on Uber Black and Black SUV premium rides.

Users can select from "quiet preferred", "happy to chat", or "no preference" allowing them to nap, avoid small talk and reply to emails, guilt-free. "If you're in the mood to chat, that's an option too", the company revealed in a post on their site.

Until that arrives, drivers could take a leaf out of George's book, who gives his customers a list of what they want from him.

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Uber Black and Uber Black SUV offer riders the option to ride in higher-end vehicles and are more expensive than the other ride-sharing options such as Uber X and Uber Pool. The latest upgrade also lets riders communicate their preferred temperature to the driver via the Temperature Control option.

The new options have appeared within the Uber app for riders who order a auto on the platform's luxury option, Uber Black and Black SUV. These would include temperature settings, help with luggage professionalism (because it's cool being "profesh", of course), and a new quiet mode.

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

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Rival ride-hailing service Lyft has also considered launching a similar feature, wherein users can request limited conversation from their drivers.

The features include steps to identify the right vehicle and a push notification to remind riders of the "Check Your Ride" steps just before their auto arrives, the ride-hailing company said.

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