Amazon Is Now Delivering Straight Into Your Car’s Trunk.
With its service Amazon Key, Amazon can already unlock the front door of your home (if you let them) to deliver your packages, and now is moving one step forward, delivering straight into your car’s trunk. This new service doesn't rely on cameras and smart lock as Amazon Key does, but instead on the cloud and connected technology that is already present in several cars.
Amazon Key Home
Amazon Key Home Kit comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam, an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock and a companion smartphone app. Once the system has been installed, you can use the Amazon Key App to unlock your door from anywhere, check in anytime via live view, watch clips of who entered and exited your home, and opt-in to in-home deliveries.
With the Amazon Key App you can also grant access to the people you trust and monitor who enters your house when you’re not home. You can even schedule permanent access for your family members or give temporary access to recurring visitors like dog walkers, house cleaners, or out-of-town guests. You’ll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door or watch motion clips as they enter and exit.
Amazon In-Car Delivery
As we said, unlike Amazon Key Home, Amazon In-Car Delivery rely on the cloud and connected technology. It supports most 2015 model year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Volvo vehicles with an active connected car service plan such as OnStar or Volvo On Call.
The service is exclusively for Prime members in selected cities and surrounding areas. The sign-up process is pretty easy, just head to the Amazon Key webpage and check your eligibility, download the Amazon Key app, complete setup within the App, and your ready to go.
Once the setup process is completed, when you shop on Amazon.com or the Amazon mobile shopping app, you’ll be able to select any of your eligible addresses and the in-car delivery option at checkout.
This sounds pretty cool, but how can we feel safe, giving to strangers access to our car?
As per The Verge, Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology for Amazon said “the courier doesn’t have a special key or direct access to the car, it’s going up to the Amazon Key cloud, and it’s going over to the car maker cloud, which is where the unlock command is issued. We only actually do the unlock if it’s the right person, right place, right car, right time. Got to pass all those checks.”
On delivery day, Amazon will notify you with your expected delivery time window. Just park within two blocks of your selected delivery address. Amazon will authorize the delivery driver before your vehicle is unlocked. No special access or keys are given to the driver. Amazon will also let you know you when your package is delivered and vehicle is relocked.
If you want to change your delivery location or block access to your car, you can do that immediately from the app — Amazon will either reschedule or go to your backup delivery location. In order to locate your car, Amazon’s couriers will be able to see its GPS location, license plate number, and an image of the car. They will then verify that they have found the correct car, scan the package, and request to unlock the vehicle from a connected car service.
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