Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Amazon's Latest Delivery Scheme Involves Handing Over Your Car Keys

Amazon's Latest Delivery Scheme Involves Handing Over Your Car Keys

The in-car deliver for U.S. customers requires a compatible 2015-or-newer Volvo or GM product with an active On Call or OnStar account.

I was told the auto needed to be parked within a couple blocks of the delivery address in a publicly available spot. By turning the customer's vehicle into a mobile storage locker, AMZN can deliver packages virtually anywhere - home, office or even while on vacation.

Amazon just launched its "In-Car Delivery" service, which allows couriers to drop packages off inside the trunk of your late-model auto. Forget having a package delivered to your doorstep, leaving it unsecured and visible to passers-by.

So what other options are there for a service like Amazon Key that removes the uneasiness involved with letting a complete stranger into your home or auto?

Amazon said in-car delivery is available to Prime members in 37 USA cities, with more coming online soon, at no extra cost, using the Amazon Key app. Tens of millions of items are eligible via same-day, two-day and standard shipping. All that is required to have packages delivered to a car is downloading an app from Amazon and linking it to the vehicle's so-called connected car service, such as General Motors Co.'s OnStar system or Volvo Car Group's On Call service.

"In-car delivery gives customers that same peace of mind and allows them to take the Amazon experience with them".

Amazon now offers this in-car delivery option - for free - the company announced.

Customers download the Amazon Key App and link their Amazon account with their On Call or OnStar account.

From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your auto. That same service also allowed for deliveries at home past year.

The company will expand the number of locations as well as eligible vehicle makes and models going forward.

Amazon, which is already opening front doors for parcel delivery, now wants to offer the same service for vehicles. When the delivery driver arrives-before your vehicle is unlocked-Amazon verifies that an authorized driver is at the right location with the right package, through an encrypted authentication process.

The product must depart from an Amazon warehouse-not an independent seller-and anything in need of a signature can not be delivered to your trunk.

In-car delivery likely will appeal to some customers, acknowledged Josh Lowitz, a partner at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

AMZN says the in-car delivery service is available for Same-Day, Two-Day and Standard shipping, with customers simply selecting "In-Car" delivery at checkout.

"This mix of auto and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront".

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