The retail and technology giant has given its Prime subscribers access to get packaged delivered to the trunk of their auto, without any additional costs. It is an extension of the Amazon Key service that allows customers to get deliveries inside their homes. Amazon plans to add additional makes and auto models in the future.
You could even order holiday supplies and have them ready for you when you load the auto to leave - great for Glastonbury, we reckon.
Amazon, which is already opening front doors for parcel delivery, now wants to offer the same service for vehicles. Even if a customer resides in a region in which Amazon Key delivery is available, they must own a service-compatible vehicle. The trunk delivery service will work with same-day, two-day and standard shipping, according to the company. They can track when their auto was unlocked and relocked in the activity feed, and rate their experience. If you realise you need to dash off in the auto, you just cancel the permission. It's intended goal, point blank, is to create a delivery method for users who park their vehicle in public places at work.
Amazon says it will notify you after the package is in the trunk and the vehicle is locked back up. Not long after Amazon completed its acquisition of Whole Foods, Target acquired grocery delivery service Shipt for $550 million.
"It's wise that an existing network to start off with is being used", said Greg Young, vice president of cybersecurity at Trend Micro.
Amazon has steadily expanded its reach into places long considered no-go zones for most people outside of the immediate family, starting with smart speakers in the home that await voice commands to come to life. The concept, once again, is convenience and added security - but the system isn't flawless and has experienced glitches in use.
Whenever third parties become involved with such a system, complexity is added to the equation and vulnerability becomes a greater concern, Trend Micro's Young pointed out.
Will you use this service?
However, this type of technology is notoriously bad at implementing strong encryption, he told the E-Commerce Times.
How does the Amazon Key App connect with my Volvo vehicle?
Last week, I purchased a pack of D batteries on Amazon.com for $10.65.
Amazon has been known to take risks with its delivery options (think: unlocking your home when you're not there to deliver packages inside).
Is in-car delivery available to all customers?
No. In-car delivery is FREE for Prime members.
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