USA: Amazon will now deliver packages to your auto!

USA: Amazon will now deliver packages to your auto!

Approximately seven million 2015-model-year-or-newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles are equipped with 4G LTE WiFi, a technology where GM leads the industry. In other logistical details, Prime members wishing to use auto delivery must leave their vehicles parked in a publicly accessible area, such as on the street or in a workplace parking lot or home driveway; they must give Amazon their license-plate number; and give the service a four-hour delivery window.

Amazon on Tuesday added a new option to its Amazon Key service for Prime members: in-car delivery, which allows drivers to place packages inside a locked trunk or elsewhere in a vehicle that is parked in a publicly accessible area.

While this new option may be popular among customers that are concerned about those menacing porch pirates that have risen to prominence in recent times, it could also open up additional cans of worms down the road.

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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.

Where will I select the in-car delivery option when I am shopping on Amazon?

Just one vehicle may be tied to the service per account, and not every item found in the vast Amazon catalog is eligible.

On the day a package is scheduled for delivery, customers can use the Amazon Key app to check if they've parked within range of the delivery location.

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A delivery driver remotely unlocks the auto, places the package inside and re-locks the vehicle. Volvo did something similarly in Goteborg several years ago, with smart vehicle keys granting couriers access to the trunk of parked cars.

Amazon said that it will include more locations and more vehicle makes and models over time. But imagine being able to order something from Amazon when you're in a pinch-say, a power bank when the smartphone battery is getting low and you don't have a cable with you-and having it delivered right to you within the hour.

In response to this new Amazon-Whole Foods juggernaut, grocers have undertaken a flurry of M&A activity to ensure they can compete with Amazon's ability to deliver groceries on-demand. "In-car delivery gives customers that same peace of mind and allows them to take the Amazon experience with them". If the product can not be delivered to you, then it will be delivered to your vehicle.

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"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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