Those with compatible cars, who live in cities where the service is available and who have a Prime membership (check your eligibility here) can opt in. To that end, the tech giant has introduced another delivery option for Prime customers that will allow them to have packages delivered directly to their vehicles.
Amazon is touting the convenience of the feature - that would for example - allow someone to have a package delivered to their unattended auto at work, as opposed to having it left unattended on an outside doorway at home. The cars must be within two blocks of a designated delivery address during a four-hour scheduled window. They can keep track of their packages in real-time and receive updates throughout the transaction.
"Unlocking Amazon Key In-Car delivery for more than seven million Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners is another great example of how we are leveraging the embedded connectivity in our vehicles to provide our customers with services that make their ownership experience more valuable", said Alan Batey, President, General Motors North America.
The new Amazon service could serve as a field test of connected auto security.
In-car deliveries can't happen in gated communities or in underground garages that kill satellite signals to the navigation systems.
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Amazon customers in the US who have certain GM or Volvo cars can now have their packages delivered to their vehicles and left locked in the boot.
From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your vehicle. Compared to Key, which requires an Internet-of-Things-connected doorbell and camera system that costs $220, one simply has to download a free app, park, and order away.
Last year, Amazon launched Amazon Key which lets those who with a Wi-Fi-connected lock to unlock their front doors so that packages could be left inside. After it's set up, you can select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout when shopping on Amazon. Forget having a package delivered to your doorstep, leaving it unsecured and visible to passers-by. It also needs to be parked within a radius or a registered Amazon delivery address not in the middle of nowhere within range of sniper fire. Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer's vehicle, Amazon verifies that an authorised driver is at the right location with the right package, through an encrypted authentication process.
"This mix of vehicle and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront".