Amazon has announced a new delivery option for its service that will see its drivers given the ability to unlock your car and leave your packages safely inside.
It’s hoped that the new option will further reduce the amount of packages stolen when they’re left unsecured on a customer’s front step, reports The Guardian.
The new Key In-Car service (which for now is limited to US customers who own certain compatible car brands) is the latest attempt by the company to make the process of actually receiving your packages much more streamlined. Previously, the company’s in-home service has allowed delivery drivers to similarly access your home if its equipped with a compatible smart lock.
Of course, giving a delivery driver access to your car or home has the potential to go seriously wrong. To this end, the Amazon Key app will give users exact notifications of when the driver has unlocked your car, and when they have locked it again. Presumably, if the time between these two points is too great then you can infer that something has gone wrong.
Bringing deliveries into the 21st century
Considering how advanced Amazon’s supply chain and logistics services have become over the years, it’s amusing to see how old-fashioned the actual delivery portion of the shopping experience is.
But the firm is clearly working hard to solve this problem. It’s invested heavily in the use of autonomous drones to deliver packages to customers, and has also installed pickup locations across many of its markets to allow you to pick up your deliveries rather than risk them being swiped from the front of your house.
This new development won’t do much to help customers who can’t park a car within easy (and public) reach of their properties, but we’re interested to see what the experience is like for its customers.
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