For both automakers, once the apps are downloaded and paired, shoppers then choose their delivery location and select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout. You'll need a vehicle with an active OnStar account, and customers with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle will need an active Volvo On Call account.
To get started, you'll need to download the Amazon Key app and link your Amazon account with your connected auto account. Second, the unlock request is handled by OnStar or Volvo On Call instead of Amazon.
"Since launching Amazon Key last November, we've safely delivered everything from cameras to collectable coins inside the home".
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The service is already available in 37 United States cities and their surrounding areas but only works with compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicles. The program has received mixed reviews, with some touting it as a solution to package thefts from porches and others seeing it as an invasion of privacy.
The service is available only in the same 37 USA cities where Amazon already offers in-home Key deliveries, according to Amazon.
Is there an additional fee to receive in-car delivery? I couldn't guarantee anyone would be around to take delivery of a package, but I could guarantee that a auto would be home.
The service is Amazon's latest push into areas that were once considered no-go zones for delivery drivers and postmen. And each time a delivery driver requests access to the customer's auto, it's done through an encrypted authentication process, the release said. With in-car delivery, Amazon is relying on notifications and your ability to lock the auto at any time, both of which require attention you might not have if you're using the service in the first place. When an Amazon delivery driver needs to drop off a package, they can connect to your lock via Amazon's cloud to unlock the door. Once that process is complete, the vehicle is unlocked so the package can be left inside. Once this process is successfully completed, the auto is then unlocked. Those who spend a lot of time at work but aren't allowed to get personal mail in their office could use their cars as a secure delivery receptacle.
Still, these safety measures won't do enough to convince customers who are skeptical about letting a stranger into their vehicle.