You Can Now Request a Quiet Ride With Uber Black

Galtero Lara
May 16, 2019

Other features the ride-share company is adding for the Uber Black include help with luggage, temperature control and extended pickup times.

It's one of several new preference options in the app.

As of today, passengers in the U.S. can request that drivers don't talk to them by selecting "quiet preferred".

Uber is offering passengers who use their premium ride-sharing service the option to choose whether or not they want to have a conversation with the driver.

The feature is not available on Uber X and pool rides.

Riders can also now communicate their optimal temperature with "Temperature Control" and can request extra time to get in the auto with "Extended Pickup Period".

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Then, hit 'Request Uber Black, ' and your driver will know what your preferences are ahead of time. One of them is a 15-minute grace period once the vehicle arrives to get in the auto, though a per-minute waiting fee will apply after 5 minutes.

Uber Black rides are typically 100 percent more expensive than Uber X, the company's low-priced option, and 200 percent more expensive than Uber Pool, its carpool option, according to the Verge. "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".

Uber's new features will make your rides a bit smoother (and quieter). Fine. The problem is, there's more of a burden laid on the back of the, in all likelihood, fewer drivers that meet these new requirements.

"We're looking to create more differentiation between the premium products and the regular products to encourage more trips", Uber product manager Aydin Ghajar told the publication. 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 giant ride-hailing company has not yet made a profit, despite its multibillion-dollar valuation.

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