In-car delivery is available now for drivers with a compatible 2015 or newer Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac with an active OnStar account, and 2015 or newer Volvo vehicles with active Volvo On Call accounts.
Customers are asked to park their vehicle "in a publicly accessible area" within two blocks of the delivery address. Despite reminders, the possibility is always there that when the AMZN driver leaves with the package, the auto has left the designated area (something Amazon will know as it has access to the car's location via the connected service on delivery day only). Rather than risk losing a package, my wife and I generally get packages delivered to family members who live elsewhere. After buying your item, adding your auto to your Amazon Key app and including a description of the vehicle, Amazon couriers will use the car's Global Positioning System location, license plate number and image of the auto to find it.
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.
On delivery day, the app lets customers check if they've parked within range of the delivery location, and provides notifications with the expected four-hour delivery time window. "Since launching Amazon Key last November, we've safely delivered everything from cameras to collectable coins inside the home". Just one vehicle may be tied to the service per account, and not every item found in the vast Amazon catalog is eligible. You can make this selection and set up a backup delivery preference within the Amazon Key App.
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What is a connected vehicle service plan? Once setup is complete and a delivery location is registered, customers can shop on Amazon.com and select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout. That same service also allowed for deliveries at home previous year.
Is in-car delivery available to all customers? No special codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers.
Rather than use any new gadgets, this time, it's about giving temporary permissions to the Amazon driver via the in-car computer system.
Amazon's FAQs about in-car delivery don't explain all the technical details of how delivery works, but CNN tech reporter Matt McFarland says Amazon Key In-Car uses a car's internet access to remotely open a customer's trunk. "This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".