Last December, Amazon rolled out an unsettling new package delivery program dubbed Amazon Key. Amazon Key allows those in select markets to receive their packages from a delivery driver who’d literally open their front door and place the goods inside their home — rather than leaving the parcel outside where it could easily be spotted and potentially stolen.
The concept is as novel as it is strange, though the prospect of having an unknown person enter your home hasn’t bode favorably so far with most Prime members who are eligible for the service.
Now, Amazon wants to appease those rightfully wary customers in announcing a new (slightly modified) variation of the original Amazon Key service. Instead of opening your front door and placing the package inside your home, Amazon’s new service will enable delivery drivers to place your Amazon packages inside the trunk of your car, the company announced this week.
Unlike the original Amazon Key service, the company’s new in-car delivery requires no additional purchase of hardware like the Amazon Key Home Kit — but so long as you’re a current Amazon Prime subscriber and meet the following criteria, you’re eligible to get started using in-car delivery now.
- Amazon’s in-car delivery is currently available to Prime subscribers living in 37 urban cites and their surrounding areas.
- To use in-car delivery, your vehicle must be either a 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac or GMC (or newer) with an active On-Star account, or a 2015 Volvo with an active Volvo On Call account (or newer).
As noted by Thrifter, these requirements must be met due to the fact that Amazon Key’s in-car delivery incorporates the On Star system in these vehicles with the Amazon Key app for mobile devices — allowing customers to also receive notifications when the delivery driver accesses their vehicle.
No keys or special codes are required as the whole process is handled remotely, and Amazon verifies each delivery driver prior to granting them access to your car, which is remotely locked after the package has been placed inside the trunk.
If you’re interested in learning more about the new in-car package delivery, you can visit Amazon Key’s official landing page here to view additional details, limitations and assess eligibility.