Amazon now delivers packages to auto trunks

Amazon will put a package right in your vehicle

Amazon will put a package right in your vehicle

"Setup was super easy for my OnStar-equipped car-I granted Amazon Key permission to open my car's trunk and the ability to relock my vehicle when done, and that was it", said Scott L. from Miami, one of the Amazon Prime members who received early access to the service.

That's according to a new study by Shorr Packaging Corp., which ranked the top 25 cities for the amenities provided by Amazon's Prime, and Denver ranked No. 15.

Amazon Key In-Home works in a similar way - users can remotely unlock their door or allow Amazon package deliverymen to do so and deliver a package inside their home, rather than leaving it outside.

The announcement marks an expansion on the company's existing in-home delivery service known as Amazon Key, utilizing an encrypted authentication process to allow keyless access when permission is provided.

The auto must be parked in a public location within close vicinity of the address mentioned.

Amazon customers in the United States of America who have certain GM or Volvo cars can now have their packages delivered to their vehicles and left locked in the boot.

The service can now be used by customers with a compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle with an active OnStar account, and those with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account. You'll receive a notification in the morning with a 4-hour delivery window, and an "Arriving Now" notification when the delivery driver is headed to your vehicle.

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Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on and works with Same Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping.

The company will expand the number of locations as well as eligible vehicle makes and models going forward. This means that cars do not need to be left unlocked.

The app updates customers when the package is on its way, when the package has been delivered, and when the door is unlocked and relocked. Then select the in-car delivery option on your next Amazon order. Despite reminders, the possibility is always there that when the AMZN driver leaves with the package, the auto has left the designated area (something Amazon will know as it has access to the car's location via the connected service on delivery day only).

To look up your vehicle or ZIP code to determine whether you're eligible for in-car delivery, visit the Amazon Key webpage. Once this process is successfully completed, the auto is then unlocked.

Also, while it'll certainly create an incrementally helpful new convenience and added benefit for Prime members, the new service also provides one more red flag for hackers who are relentlessly searching for points of weakness to exploit.

Now, as to whether or not the courier can fit the packages among the random shopping bags, baby gear, extra clothes and what may or may not be your kid's half-eaten nuggets in the trunk. well, that's a whole other question.

"This mix of auto and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront".

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