Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Amazon starts delivering packages to auto boots

Amazon starts delivering packages to auto boots

Initially available to Amazon Prime members in 37 USA cities and their surrounding areas, the service builds on the premise of Amazon Key in-home delivery, which began rolling out last October.

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. Despite their assurances, letting Amazon into your vehicle isn't going to sit well with those who already fear the digital retailer's reach into our lives and private information.

Los Angeles was ranked No. 1 in the country, due to Amazon providing two-hour alcohol delivery in the city and 1,161 restaurants in the Prime Now restaurant delivery service. After buying your item, adding your auto to your Amazon Key app and including a description of the vehicle, Amazon couriers will use the car's Global Positioning System location, license plate number and image of the auto to find it.

Deliveries are only being made to cars parked in a publicly accessible area, such as on a driveway, in an office auto park or on the street in front of a block of flats.

Amazon's FAQs about in-car delivery don't explain all the technical details of how delivery works, but CNN tech reporter Matt McFarland says Amazon Key In-Car uses a car's internet access to remotely open a customer's trunk.

More significantly, however, are Amazon's plans to use its acquisition of Whole Foods to conquer the online grocery delivery business.

Deliveries are available right now to Prime members with 2015 year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicles with GM's OnStar connected-car service, and those with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account. Support for more vehicle makes and models will be added over time.

Amazon has been talking about package delivery to a vehicle trunk as a potential alternative to a home doorstep for years - the key was how it would work.

Amazon's website states the delivery system will work with an "active connected service plan" with the vehicle, enabling Amazon Key to sync with the "remote lock and unlock" feature to enter the auto to drop off the packages and lock up once the transaction is complete. Once this process is successfully completed, the vehicle is then unlocked.

Amazon Key In-Car gives the Amazon deliveryman access to this function, adding more addresses where packages can be delivered.

From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your auto. "This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".

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