Amazon now delivers packages to parked cars in 37 cities, including Pittsburgh
- Author: Delia Davidson Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 7:57
Amazon Prime members can now get their purchases delivered to their auto parked at home, work, or other publicly accessible locations using a new service called In-Car Delivery. Setup requires users to add a vehicle and link their Amazon account with their connected-car service account.
On delivery day, customers must confirm they are parked within range of the delivery location and are then given a 4-hour window for when the delivery will take place. Once a delivery location has been registered, customers select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout. GM says more than 7 million owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles are eligible for Amazon's new Amazon Key In-car delivery service.
The service has been tested in Europe for the past three years, and a pilot program was launched in a few locations in the USA last fall.
The driver must swipe their delivery app to lock the trunk before moving onto their next stop. But you'll only be able to request a delivery if you've already provided Amazon with a photo of your auto, its license plate number, and Global Positioning System location. No special codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers.
Amazon is steering its delivery service in a new direction, now bringing your packages to your back seat. Amazon says it never gains login credentials to the service and all communication between the courier and vehicle is encrypted.
This time, the technical giant has come up with the idea to do the same thing with the auto.
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Amazon said the response to Amazon Key features for homes, like the keyless guest access and customers being able to monitor front doors remotely, prompted them to add in-car delivery. Customers can track when their vehicle was unlocked and relocked via the app's activity feed; they also have the ability to rate the in-car delivery. Receiving a package securely and reliably in your auto, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate. Those who spend a lot of time at work but aren't allowed to get personal mail in their office could use their cars as a secure delivery receptacle.
Amazon also announced Amazon Key on Tuesday. Package thieves have even earned a snappy moniker, "porch pirates".
Your latest Amazon order could be delivered right into your vehicle.
But the idea of moving these over to people's vehicles could be a defensive move, considering that so far the home delivery service appears to be wildly unpopular, according to recent research.
It isn't Amazon's first alternative delivery site.
Customers who have used the service said it's convenient.