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The in-app setting is only available for Uber Black rides for now.

Source: Uber has a solution for chatty drivers

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long, tiring day, and you hail a ride to get home. Your driver is nice, but they’re perhaps a little too eager for some chit-chat and to play their favorite radio station, when you’d like a modicum of peace and quiet. Sure, you can ask them to turn down the volume and hold the small talk, but that’s invariably awkward. So, if you’re riding in an Uber Black or Uber Black SUV, you’ll be able to request a silent ride using a Quiet Mode option in the Uber app.

Uber Black ride preferences
Uber app screenshot @ Engadget

It’s one of several new preference options in the app. On the other hand, if you’d like a little conversation during your trip, you can let your driver know in advance you’re down to chat. You’ll also be able to request some help with your bags, your preferred temperature setting and a longer pickup period of up to 15 minutes should you need a little more time to get ready.


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