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Amazon will now deliver packages to Prime members' cars

Amazon will now deliver packages to Prime members' cars Amazon will now deliver packages to Prime members' cars
Nellie Chapman | 24 April, 2018, 16:23

Amazon announced its new Amazon Key in-home delivery service back in October, which is powered by a camera and smart lock, and in the intervening months it went all-in on the smart home by acquiring smart doorbell maker Ring for more than $1 billion.

A connected auto service plan will enable Amazon Key to connect with your vehicle for in-car deliveries.

The delivery service works when cars are parked in publicly accessible areas, such as on the street in front of an apartment building, at a workplace surface parking lot, or in a home driveway - but not in a private parking garage, for example. At the time, Amazon Key focused exclusively on allowing customers to have packages delivered inside the home rather than have those packages left outside on the porch.

With the In-Car service, the delivery person is given permission to unlock the recipient's vehicle, to deliver the packages. The company, which has been working over the past few years to solve the last mile of package delivery, today launched a new program for Prime members called Amazon Key In-Car.

In-car delivery is available at no extra cost for Prime members and is available today in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the US with more cities rolling out over time.

Amazon said that it will add support for more connected vehicle manufacturers over time. Once the process is completed, Amazon sends a notification to the customer letting them know that the package has been successfully delivered.

For city residents like myself, the promise of in-car delivery is a game changer.

Setting up Amazon Key In-Car Delivery is easy.

I borrowed a recent model Volvo from Amazon - my Hyundai Elantra GT didn't qualify - and downloaded the required Amazon Key app. The Verge got an exclusive hands-on with the service, and saw that delivery drivers will use your car's Global Positioning System location, learn its license plate numbers and see a photo of the model.

"Since launching Amazon Key last November, we've safely delivered everything from cameras to collectable coins inside the home".

Amazon Key In-Car works in conjunction with certain models of 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Volvo cars.

Is in-car delivery available to all customers?

If a customers wants, Larsen said, he or she can see on the app "exactly what time the auto was unlocked and what time the vehicle was re-locked". They'll then get a notification when the package is delivered and be able to see when the trunk was opened and closed. No special codes or keys are given to the driver. Receiving a package securely and reliably in your vehicle, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate. "Our partnership with Amazon now makes this possible for a majority of our customers in the U.S. This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".