Uber wants riders to be as comfortable as they possible could when on a ride. Though, this might require them to pay something extra, the company believes it would go a long way to create the right atmosphere during ride. “Uber Comfort” as the company calls it, will enhance your “experience through popular features.”
Going forward, riders in 43 US cities will have access to Uber’s Quiet Ride button that allows them to ask drivers for silence—but this would attract between 20 percent and 40 percent premium atop the UberX price.
“Uber Comfort was built for riders who are constantly on the go and want a little extra comfort. We’ve all been there: you need a little quiet time, prefer to stretch your legs, or simply like an extra comfortable ride out to dinner when friends are in town,” Uber said.
43 cities and smaller states in the US including Ottawa, will have access to the new feature, but only for those willing to pay for premium access to newer mid-size cars that offers more legroom, Rider Preferences for requesting specific climate control, higher rated drivers, and no talking.
Features such as extra legroom and rider preferences are not what you find in Uber Black and Black SUV—they are unique. For drivers interested in Uber Comfort, the stakes a bit on the high side–a rating of 4.85 or higher must be maintained.
Here is a list of cities where Uber Comfort is available for riders and drivers:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Fresno, Hampton Roads, Houston, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, Omaha, Orange County, Ottawa, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Rhode Island, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tucson, Wichita, and Washington D.C.
To douse the mounting tension between drivers and the ride-hailing company, Uber added some new features to appease the later late last month. Uber added a simulated strip through the app to show what it would look like when you hit the road—and this is specifically designed for first time Uber drivers. The simulated strip is like a tutorial, which will help guide you as you pick and drop off your first passenger.
These new features, apart from keeping drivers already signed on to the app happy, will also serve as attractions for would-be drivers aiming to sign up. In addition, Uber has some redesigns including auto-accept that lets drivers toggle it on and off. What this means is that drivers don’t have to manually accept the next ride if they are on a roll. This feature will come in handy for those drivers trying to earn bonuses for completing consecutive trips in a particular period of time—it is hands-free, and something a lot of drivers would love.