Uber comfort riders can now silence drivers with new quiet mode

The West Australian
Introverts will be pleased to see Uber has introduced new quiet trips.
Camera IconIntroverts will be pleased to see Uber has introduced new quiet trips. Credit: Toby Wilkinson

Uber riders will be able to silence their drivers and boost the air-conditioning as part of a new rideshare mode being launched for fussy travellers.

Introverts will be grateful to see the new “comfort” mode includes an option for a quiet trip, while those who prefer a chat can request a talkative driver.

The days of sweating through a trip with a driver who’s too tight to use the air con may also be over.

Riders in the new mode can also choose between a warm, hot, cool or cold temperature setting for their trip in advance.

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“For example, if you’re dialling into a conference call on the way to the office, you can request a quiet trip – without any music or conversation – to maximise productivity,” a statement from Uber said.

“And if you left your jacket at home on a cold day, you can opt for the heat to be turned on before you even hop in the car.”

And for those of us who misjudge the time while getting ready for a night out also have a new feature to play with.

Uber Comfort drivers can wait for up to 10 minutes outside while you put the finishing touches to your outfit or tuck the kids into bed. But, before you think about ordering a ride at the baggage carousel, the feature won’t be available at airports.

“This is perfect if you’re making you get held up in a meeting but need your ride ready to go the minute you are,” an Uber statement said.

“These new features also take out the guesswork for drivers looking to give riders a 5 star ride.”

The Uber Comfort trips cost about 1.2 times the price of a normal Uber X trip, while the company says its drivers are the cream of the crop.

To make the cut, a driver needs to have at least a 4.85 star rating and must have completed at least 500 trips. Their car also needs to be at least a 2013 model.

Uber Australia and New Zealand General Manager Dom Taylor said members of the loyalty program also earned two points per dollar on the new trips and gold members and above receive up to 10 per cent off a trip per month.

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