Online retailer Amazon announced Tuesday it's now ready to deliver customer packages directly to - and inside of - their vehicles.
The service is available to Prime members in 37 cities, including the Richmond and Washington regions, who drive Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with an active OnStar account, as well as Volvos with an active Volvo On Call account.
In November, the company launched Amazon Key, a service that relies on a home-security camera and smart lock to allow couriers into shoppers' homes to deliver packages. With in-car service, Amazon can use shoppers' cars as secure mail drop boxes. Before the driver can unlock the car with the app, Amazon verifies "the delivery driver, car, and driver location, and that the package was ordered with in-car delivery". "Park your vehicle in a publicly accessible area to receive in-car deliveries, and track your packages with real-time notifications".
Amazon, which recently started an offer to deliver packages inside people's homes, now offers to deliver inside people's cars.
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"Note that [the Amazon delivery driver] doesn't have a special key or direct access to the auto", The Verge explains.
In-car delivery could prove to be useful in a number of scenarios when one might want their package delivered someplace other than their home or workplace. Packages can put in the vehicle's trunk or out of plain sight.
"We were really happy with the response to in-home delivery", Peter Larsen, Amazon's head of delivery technology, told The Verge.
First of all, it's not Amazon that unlocks the vehicle, but the car's manufacturer. Now it wants to deliver directly to the trunk of your auto. When an Amazon delivery driver is en-route, the vehicle will broadcast its precise Global Positioning System location to the driver.
General Motors' OnStar and Volvo On Call are also subscription services, which tend to come with some free-of-charge periods but can run up to $350 a year.