But first, you need to get home and your Uber driver - while lovely - is talking a lot more than you can keep up with. But if you're jetlagged or on the last leg of a wild Friday night, small talk may be the last thing you want.
The "Quiet Mode" feature, available on Uber Black and Uber BlackSUV from this Wednesday, allows passengers to choose between "quiet preferred,"happy to chat", or leave the setting at "no preference". However, Uber's decision is based off of careful considerations, as the question of whether Uber drivers want you to talk to them and whether they might give you a lower passenger score if you don't has always been a subject of debate.
"Quiet preferred." That's one way to tell your Uber driver to STFU, politely. If you need, some peace and silence during your drive, then Uber has the right package for you. In many cases, riders may feel rude or frightened to reject conversation and ask out loud for quiet.
As part of the new features, users can also request help with their luggage and set their preferred temperature ahead of time. That's why I hope Uber plans to expand this to UberX as well as global markets, though the company had nothing to share on that.
Sadly, we can't exactly just mute randoms when they approach you but you will be able to do that with your Uber driver. Ignoring the request will likely result in poor rating for the driver, of course.
Originally published May 15 at 7:28 a.m. PT. Update at 8:02 a.m. PT: Adds more detail about Uber's new features. "It's not mandatory. The driver is an independent contractor". But it's telling that they are only available as options on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV rides. "Whether it's heading to that important meeting, or arriving in style for date night, we're offering an increasing number of ways for riders to personalize their experiences".