Amazon starts delivering packages to car boots

An Amazon.com Inc driver stands next to an Amazon delivery truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on May 21, 2016

Amazon has began to make free deliveries to clients’ vehicles.

On Tuesday, the net retail big launched the scheme in 37 US cities – and Amazon Prime members who personal newer Basic Motors or Volvo automobiles are eligible.

Deliveries are solely being made to vehicles parked in a publicly accessible space, akin to on a driveway, in an workplace automotive park or on the road in entrance of a block of flats.

Amazon says it is not going to ship to non-public parking garages or different locations the place entry to a automobile will not be available.

Packages are positioned in a automotive’s boot or hidden out of view.

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Amazon has been making a concerted effort to depart packages the place they can’t be simply stolen – and since 2011, the corporate has supplied safe lockers for purchasers in city areas.

With a view to obtain automotive deliveries, clients should obtain the Amazon Key app and hyperlink it to their automobiles.

The app tells clients their supply slot, when the bundle is on its means and when it has been delivered – and in addition affords a file of when their automotive was unlocked and relocked.

The service is Amazon’s newest push into areas that have been as soon as thought-about no-go zones for supply drivers and postmen.

Amazon Key, which was launched final 12 months, additionally permits owners with WiFi-connected locks to unlock their entrance doorways remotely so packages could be left inside.

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Earlier this 12 months the corporate acquired Ring, which makes Wi-Fi-connected cameras and doorbells.

Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Vehicles, mentioned: “Receiving a bundle securely and reliably in your automotive, with out you having to be there, is one thing we predict many individuals will respect.

“This mixture of automotive and commerce is beginning the following wave of innovation and we intend to be on the forefront.”

Rohit Shrivastava, the overall supervisor of Amazon Key, has harassed that the system is “securely encrypted”, and the corporate can not see or monitor a buyer’s automotive.

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