The service is available today in 37 cities across the country for Prime members with eligible vehicles and active subscriptions to connected auto services. It doesn't matter whether you pick Same Day, Two-Day or Standard Shipping; all items will be able to be dropped off to your auto.
Amazon and the two vehicle brands participating are not looking to make any extra money off the service. There's no installation cost, unlike the Amazon Keyhomesmart lock and camera necessary for in-home delivery, which costs $220. For those who own a compatible vehicle, similar to Amazon's Key service that gives deliverers access to homes through Amazon's Key app, they can now open auto doors and trunks when it's time to drop off a package.
Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars, said: "Receiving a package securely and reliably in your auto, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate".
To get started, you'll need to download the Amazon Key app and link your Amazon account with your connected auto account. "In-car delivery gives customers that same peace of mind and allows them to take the Amazon experience with them". Customers must park within range of their delivery address and a delivery driver will bring the package to the vehicle during the scheduled time window.
In addition to Whole Foods, Amazon's Prime Now offers delivery from Bristol Farms and Sprouts to households in San Diego. It could be by your house, at work (as long as it's not a gated parking area) or even at a friend's.
Couriers can use those assistance services to find the cars through satellite location-tracking and unlock the trunk.
Amazon customer Scott L. from Miami noted in the release that he setup the service with his OnStar-equipped auto, only giving Amazon permission to unlock the trunk and re-lock the vehicle.
This time, the technical giant has come up with the idea to do the same thing with the auto. Some poor delivery person is going to have to make room for your custom Nicolas Cage pillowcases between old gym clothes and a moldy tomato that fell out of the grocery bag months ago. Customers can track when their auto was unlocked and relocked in the App's activity feed, and rate their in-car delivery.
The amazon key app uses a camera and smart lock so prime members can have deliveries put inside their home or vehicle. And there are quite a few of those. It's not much better for Prime members, with only 34.3% saying they are willing to use Amazon Key. When I returned home to my auto parked on a nearby street, the package was safely waiting for me.
Amazon launched the Key service back in November 2017, with its main feature of allowing couriers to deliver packages inside without customers being home.
The vehicle, on the other hand, feels a lot less personal and is more accessible.
First came in-home delivery. Amazon's drivers can't open your auto on their own. Select your preferred in-car delivery option and complete your order. Now Amazon is offering to drop off packages straight to the trunk of your parked vehicle.
The only downside seems to be the stress of potential package theft.
The service will only be available for Amazon Prime members to start out.
Amazon said the service will be expanded to other carmakers over time. "They don't have to worry about being home".
"I absolutely love the ideas of having new innovative things like that for sure, kind a beats the drone idea for sure is what I thought", said Michael Thibodeau. It's especially nice when he's making night-time deliveries. Rather than risk losing a package, my wife and I generally get packages delivered to family members who live elsewhere.
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