Amazon Key lets couriers leave packages in your living room

The company unveiled a new program Wednesday called Amazon Key available Nov 8th.

As the name suggests, the Cloud Cam uses your in-home Wi-Fi to talk to the lock when a courier arrives with your package. The driver just has to slip in the package and then lock your door once again. If the cloud gives the go-ahead, it sends a message to the Cloud Cam to start recording. Meanwhile, the courier will receive a prompt on their app and can then unlock the door with a swipe.

The system deals with locks from Kwikset and Yale, two well-known brands. Amazon emphasizes that its workers are not allowed to enter a home. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Prime customers can preorder the camera today. Currently, the system is only available in the United States, with a launch date planned for Nov 8.

Amazon wants to enter your house, this time physically to drop off your packages. Amazon Key is $249.99, including a Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and a compatible smartlock. No codes or keys are needed, and the indoor camera will record the in-home delivery.

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Amazon Key, a smart lock that requires an Amazon Prime membership to use, was revealed by the online shopping giant on Wednesday, with the device expected to go on the market in 37 US cities early next month.

Amazon Key will be available in 37 US cities to start - including Los Angeles and Orange counties - and Amazon says it will add more. The company's promising to use only its own Logistics team at first, but hopes to expand to third-party companies in the future.

Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said trust in Amazon - and the technology - makes this the next logical step for the company to stitch together its services.

What that means is, say, you want to schedule a dog walker but can't be there to let him or her into the house every day. So it tries to make sure the process is minimally invasive and totally transparent. They will get another notification when the delivery van shows up. The camera automatically starts recording when a motion is detected and uploads that video to AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud.

"Consumers are unwilling to relinquish control of the door lock to a faceless, unknown delivery person", said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities. When couriers leave, they re-lock the door with another swipe and depart for their next venture. Once setup, you get live view of the deliveries to your home, as well as notifications that they are happening.

  • Delia Davidson