Amazon Planning to Deliver Packages to the Trunk of Cars

by Jose Roca

 

Amazon is planning to extend their Amazon Key Service which is now asking you to allow the delivery drivers to access your own house by using a compatible keypad and a smart security camera.

Amazon announced on April 24th, 2018 that it was going to allow its drivers to access a person’s vehicle in order to leave the package delivered safely to the customer’s  car. The company will be launching the new service in partnership with two major automakers: General Motors and Volvo.

The new service will be rolling out in 37 cities among the U.S starting April 24th.

“We were really happy with the response to in-home delivery,” Peter Larsen, vice president of delivery technology at Amazon, (told The Verge.) “What we wanted to do—and it was part of the plan all along—is how we take that beyond the home.”(credits to The Verge.com).

Amazon has been beta testing the new service in California and Washington state for the last six months, and followed by that, Amazon also uploaded a video in which they showed a woman saying how much she loved the new opportunity for Amazon to deliver her diapers into the car without the couriers disturbing  her toddlers by ringing the doorbell.

This service will only be available if you fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must be an Amazon Prime Member, in order to be eligible for the in-car deliveries.
  • You need to own a GM or Volvo vehicle from 2015 or older, (amazon will eventually add other car companies to the service eventually, but as of right now only Volvo and GM will be included).
  • Packages that are heavier than 50 pounds,  larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches in size or valued over $1,300 will not be eligible for in-car deliveries.

On the other hand Amazon, GM and Volvo stated that this in-car service is not planned for the profit of the companies but more as an added convenience to their customers.

Amazon also stated that the cost of the deliveries would be cheaper from a setup perspective if you happen to have the right car, because the whole set up for in-house deliveries is an equivalent of $250, while the in-car deliveries would not be so expensive if you already use a GM or Volvo as a daily driver.

 

(Credits to TheVerge.com)