To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in customers' parked cars

To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in customers' parked cars

To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in customers' parked cars

The tech giant has launched a new servicein 37 United States cities that delivers packages to the trunks of cars for free.

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 said in-car delivery is available to Prime members in 37 US cities, with more coming online soon, at no extra cost, using the Amazon Key app. Tens of millions of items are eligible via same-day, two-day and standard shipping.

Customers need to own a supported auto.

Customers are asked to park their auto "in a publicly accessible area" within two blocks of the delivery address.

With an app, customers can buy a product on Amazon, then authorize their auto to be unlocked remotely when the delivery person is nearby. Here's how it works: the service is only compatible with General Motors and Volvo cars that have active OnStar or Volvo On Call accounts.

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More significantly, however, are Amazon's plans to use its acquisition of Whole Foods to conquer the online grocery delivery business. GM and Amazon announced this last-mile option called Key In-Car Delivery for owners of 2015 and newer Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac vehicles with an active OnStar account and Amazon Prime.

Amazon says it's bringing packages directly into your vehicle, if you're willing to trust it.

Is there an additional fee to receive in-car delivery?

"Customers have also told us they love features like keyless guest access and being able to monitor their front door from anywhere with the Amazon Key App", Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon, said in a statement.

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. A connected auto service plan will enable Amazon Key to connect with your vehicle for in-car deliveries. Amazon Key was rolled out late a year ago and could've played a part in the company's decision to acquire leading smart lock brand Ring. The package will then be kept inside the boot of the vehicle and locked by the delivery agent. Packages are placed in the vehicle's trunk or out of plain sight. For added peace of mind, in-car delivery is backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee.

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