A handful of new features have rolled out for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV in the United States, allowing riders to not only customize the in-vehicle experience but also the human experience; within the app, you can now inform your rider that you're not in the mood to chat or will need a hand lifting your luggage. Or just maybe not in the mood to make small talk during your trip? "If you're in the mood to chat, that's an option too", Uber revealed on its website, detailing the new option. 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".
You're paying a premium for these services, though - an UberBLACK ride will cost around $7 up front (roughly £5 / AU$10), while Uber SUV doubles that, not including the fee per minute, which scales up with more luxury riding options. It requires a single tap within the app, and the opposite is also available if you desire a chat while you ride.
The driver will have to wait up to 15 minutes for the rider, instead of the usual 1-5 minutes.More news: Trump raises tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting Chinese warning
The update also means Uber will prioritize more professional drivers and nicer cars for Uber Black users.
Uber isn't the only ride-sharing app that's looked into adding 'Quiet Mode'.
More region and rollout specifications of the feature remain unclear as of now. "Quiet Mode, in particular, is something that people have been asking for for a long time", told Uber product manager Aydin Ghajar to TechCrunch.More news: Costs Mounting in US From Trump's Tariff Fight With China
It may also help improve their passenger rating.
Uber hasn't commented on whether or not this is the case, however. The company went live with its first ride in May 2010.
The company is planning to launch a new tool for universities to provide service for students at odd hours when other options are limited.More news: Protestors arrested after Sydney Harbour Bridge stunt
As part of its new campus safety initiative, Uber is rolling out dedicated pickup zones on college campuses.