Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

These Amazon Delivery Services Keep Getting Creepier

Not home? This is Amazons solution to deliver your package To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in customers' parked cars
| 26 April, 2018, 00:27

These vehicles allow you to unlock your auto wherever you are right before the driver arrives and lock it directly after the package is delivered. No special codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers.

General Motors, Volvo, and Amazon announced in conjunction Tuesday that delivery to the Amazon Prime members' automobiles is now a possibility, as a deterrent to "porch pirate" package thieves, with the Amazon Key app.

"Partnering with Amazon to leverage our embedded in-vehicle connectivity gives" GM owners "the option to conveniently receive deliveries inside their vehicle parked at home, work, or near other locations in their Amazon address book", Alan Batey, president of GM North America, stated.

In a press release this week, Amazon announced that its Amazon Key delivery service is expanding to in-car deliveries in 37 cities around the US with more rolling out in the near future.

At this time Amazon Key In-Car Delivery is available to Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas. The company already has assembled a team of more than 18,000 personal shoppers to implement the service.


To get started download the free Amazon Key app from the App Store or Google Play. Amazon will use these connected technologies to allow couriers entry into the vehicles. The in-car delivery options will also show an estimated delivery time window and the delivery date for your order.

"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.

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

That might be a convenience thing, yes, but it's likely also more secure in many cases than leaving a package delivered at home while the recipient is away. It allows customers of an Opel or Chevrolet to detect auto defects, get a stolen vehicle to drive more slowly and to know where their auto is at all times, the exact thing Amazon needs.

The downside? While a home always stays in one place, a vehicle is constantly on the move. 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.

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