Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

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The service can now be used by customers with a compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle with an active OnStar account, and those with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account. A user could authorize their home or apartment address so a package could be delivered into their auto parked on the street or in a driveway there instead of being left on the doorstep. The company hopes this new delivery system will make receiving packages more convenient, since customers can be just about anywhere to receive their goods. It also notifies customers when the delivery is on its way, and the package has arrived.

Rohit Shrivastava, the general manager of Amazon Key, has stressed that the system is "securely encrypted", and the company can not see or track a customer's vehicle. Now it's hitting the road and letting Prime members in the United States use Amazon Key for in-car delivery of orders.

Deliveries are available right now to Prime members with 2015 year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicles with GM's OnStar connected-car service, and those with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account. You'll receive a notification in the morning with a 4-hour delivery window, and an "Arriving Now" notification when the delivery driver is headed to your vehicle.

Amazon now offers this in-car delivery option - for free - the company announced.

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In this case, the user downloads the Amazon Key App, links their Amazon account with their connected vehicle service account, and can choose the in-car delivery method at checkout. While buying from the website, at checkout, users must select the in-car delivery option. Instead, have it delivered to your vehicle trunk, keeping it locked up and out of sight. Smart access to the home and temperature controlled lockers have been the most popular options. Though you'll have to provide information about the make, model, color, and license plate necessary to identify your auto, the system can actually tap into the car's unlock feature without giving the delivery person a passcode or other way to access your vehicle once the delivery is complete. This means that cars do not need to be left unlocked.

Amazon, which is already opening front doors for parcel delivery, now wants to offer the same service for vehicles. And no special access or keys are given to the driver. Amazon plans to add additional makes and auto models in the future.

Amazon will not use the service for items weighing more than 50 pounds. "This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".