Amazon, the U.S. e-commerce giant, has expanded its delivery service Amazon Key with a new delivery option – consumers’ cars.
For occasions like traveling in other cities with their cars, or planning a surprise for family members at home, Amazon users can ask the package to be delivered into their cars.
To start access the new service, they need to add their cars in the Amazon Key app, and include a description of the vehicle, the license plate number as well as the image of the car. Then they can opt in “delivery in-car” at check-out.
The service requires the car to be parked on a driveway, in the parking lots or street parking, where can provide eligible locations to the couriers.
Amazon’s delivery people will receive GPS location of the car and the license plate number six hours before delivery. When they arrive to the car, scan the package, and the truck will open automatically. Only when the delivery person finish the delivery, close the truck and make sure it’s locked, he or she can move on to the next delivery.
Amazon uses the similar verification cloud service of Amazon Key in-home delivery, and connects the system with connected cars’ system. Car information will be encrypted. Neither the delivery person nor Amazon won’t get access to consumers’ cars.
If the consumer blocks access to the car in the Key app before delivery, in the case that they need a car immediately, the delivery location will automatically change to the saved home address.
Amazon has signed up a two-year contract with car manufacturers General Motors and Volvo in the United States. Amazon Prime members who owns a vehicle from GM or Volvo, model year 2015 or newer, with active GM OnStar or Volvo on Call accounts, can opt in for the in-car delivery starting today.
GM and Volvo’s connected car system have already allowed car owners to unlock and lock the car remotely.
Amazon Key has been tested in California and Washington State for the past six months. It is available now in 37 cities in the U.S.. The company said to expand the number of available cities and partnered car makers in the future.