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New premium Uber features include ‘Quiet Mode’

New premium Uber features include ‘Quiet Mode’

Uber Black and Uber Black SUV riders in the U.S. will now be able to enable the Quiet Mode to politely indicate you need some quiet on your way to your destination, the official blog explains.

Quiet Mode: if you need to respond to emails or are in the mood for a nap, make your trip a quieter one with just one tap. "If you're in the mood to chat, that's an option too", the company's website reads.

But a spokesperson for Uber in South Africa said these features won't be available in South Africa.

Extended Pickup Period: riders will have a little extra time to get to the vehicle when unexpected delays pop up. There's also temperature preferences and a request for luggage help.

Additionally, Uber has increased the wait limit from five minutes to 15 minutes before a driver can cancel a ride.

Already, those that request to be picked up by an Uber Black vehicle benefit from being escorted by a professional driver - with a commercial license - using a high-end black auto (or SUV). Uber Black costs 100 percent more than Uber X and 200 percent more than the Uber Pool, according to The Verge.

More region and rollout specifications of the feature remain unclear as of now.

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Uber isn't the only ride-sharing app that's looked into adding 'Quiet Mode'.

Uber product manager Aydin Ghajar told TechCrunch that Uber can't force its drivers not to talk, although if a driver doesn't behave in accordance with a customer's wishes it might have a negative effect on their rating. 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.

Uber said it was rolling out new safety features to help riders avoid fake drivers, two weeks after the murder of a college student who got into her killer's vehicle mistakenly believing it was her ride.

The giant ride-hailing company has not yet made a profit, despite its multibillion-dollar valuation.

The features will go live in Columbia and SC on Thursday and will roll out across the United States within few days.

As part of its new campus safety initiative, Uber is rolling out dedicated pickup zones on college campuses.

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