Amazon to test delivery inside customer cars

Amazon to test delivery inside customer cars

Amazon added that the In-Car service is launching in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the USA "with more cities rolling out over time".

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 is now taking that one step further and delivering packages inside your vehicle.

For its part, the Amazon Key in-car delivery service is an app-based method that utilizes a similar concept as the in-home method. Being able to have anything we need already waiting in our auto for us thanks to a simple app is really convenient.

I was told the vehicle needed to be parked within a couple blocks of the delivery address in a publicly available spot.

"Time will tell whether or not Prime members will take a liking to the idea of giving vehicle access to an unknown Amazon employee, but this new fulfillment choice certainly changes the narrative when we talk about raising the bar for omnichannel fulfillment and delivery", Patel said. At launch, that means a 2015 or newer General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) model with an active OnStar account, or 2015 or newer Volvo (OTCMKTS:VLVLY) with an active Volvo On Call account.

The new program, launched on Tuesday, is an expansion of Amazon's Key service.

Much like the option of in-home delivery, Prime users will need to download the Amazon Key app, then linking this with their connected vehicle service account, such as GM OnStar or Volvo On Call, where after they will be provided the option of receiving goods through in-car delivery. These systems provide remote access to vehicles, which makes Key In-Car possible.

Amazon Key was introduced a year ago as a secure and trackable way for packages to be delivered inside homes when people aren't there, using internet-connected locksets.

Perhaps most importantly, Amazon Key In-Car removes the barrier of having a stranger inside your home while you aren't there. The service will provide an additional secure package delivery option: When you aren't there to receive a package, the In-Car delivery person can unlock the trunk of your vehicle, stash the item inside, and lock it again before departing-thereby preventing a thief from snatching the box off your stoop. So promising to be at a certain place at a certain time to get a delivery poses all kinds of logistical challenges that make in-person delivery a supremely inefficient model. (NASDAQ:AMZN) introduced Amazon Key, an in-home delivery service created to defeat porch package thieves.

The product must depart from an Amazon warehouse-not an independent seller-and anything in need of a signature can not be delivered to your trunk. Once this process is successfully completed, the auto is then unlocked.

However, it's doubtful that Prime membership will increase because of it, he told the E-Commerce Times.

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