Amazon now delivers packages to your auto trunk for free

26 April, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in customers' parked cars

The driver will then place the package inside your vehicle and request to relock it. It is available at no extra cost in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. with more locations in the pipeline.

This extends an existing Onstar capability. Eligible vehicles must be a 2015 model or newer and now connected to a auto service plan like OnStar.

Customers need to download the Amazon Key app, link their Amazon shopping account with their On-Star or On Call account, and select in-car delivery during the checkout process. Afterwards, Amazon will inform customers of who entered the vehicle when.

Rather than use any new gadgets, this time, it's about giving temporary permissions to the Amazon driver via the in-car computer system.

Deliveries are only being made to cars parked in a publicly accessible area, such as on a driveway, in an office vehicle park or on the street in front of a block of flats.

"Prime members now have another way to ensure their packages are safe and secure - all for no additional cost", said Peter Larsen, vice president of delivery technology at Amazon. Birthday presents could be secretly delivered to the trunk of your vehicle instead of left at home for your kid to see.


In any event, it will require an app that has significant access to personal information and now property as well.

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 vehicle? Rather than risk losing a package, my wife and I generally get packages delivered to family members who live elsewhere. But imagine being able to order something from Amazon when you're in a pinch-say, a power bank when the smartphone battery is getting low and you don't have a cable with you-and having it delivered right to you within the hour. OnStar itself has faced similar questions in the past.

Shorr used criteria including: nearby Amazon distribution sites; Prime Now hubs; Prime Now restaurants in the company's restaurant delivery network; Whole Foods locations (Amazon now owns Whole Foods); number of Kohl's stores (which take Amazon returns); Amazon pickup locker availability; and availability of Amazon pop-up stores.

The courier does not have a special key or direct access to the car but can only swipe to request the vehicle be unlocked from the car company's connected car services.

Amazon on Tuesday added a new option to its Amazon Key service for Prime members: in-car delivery, which allows drivers to place packages inside a locked trunk or elsewhere in a auto that is parked in a publicly accessible area. The concept, once again, is convenience and added security - but the system isn't flawless and has experienced glitches in use.

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