Amazon has started to make free deliveries to customers' cars.
Amazon said in-car delivery is available to Prime members in 37 USA cities, with more coming online soon, at no extra cost, using the Amazon Key app. Tens of millions of items are eligible via same-day, two-day and standard shipping. Being able to have anything we need already waiting in our vehicle for us thanks to a simple app is really convenient. In other logistical details, Prime members wishing to use auto delivery must leave their vehicles parked in a publicly accessible area, such as on the street or in a workplace parking lot or home driveway; they must give Amazon their license-plate number; and give the service a four-hour delivery window.
"Receiving a package securely and reliably in your vehicle, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate", said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars.
The service will work for Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles with On-Star from 2015 or later, as well as for Volvos with On-Call.
Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and works with Same Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping.
A delivery driver remotely unlocks the auto, places the package inside and re-locks the vehicle.
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Amazon Key was introduced past year as a secure and trackable way for packages to be delivered inside homes when people aren't there, using internet-connected locksets.
"Since launching Amazon Key last November, we've safely delivered everything from cameras to collectable coins inside the home", said Amazon vice president Peter Larsen.
The Amazon delivery service taps into the car's built-in unlock feature without ever giving the delivery person a pass code or other permanent access to the vehicle.
On the day a package is scheduled for delivery, customers can use the Amazon Key app to check if they've parked within range of the delivery location.
Amazon said support for even more vehicle makes and models will be added over time.
Amazon says it's simple to use.
However, it's doubtful that Prime membership will increase because of it, he told the E-Commerce Times. Packages are placed in the vehicle's trunk or out of plain sight.