Amazon Key launched last year as a service that'd let Amazon delivery people to open your front door and drop off packages inside your home. Now Amazon Key is expanding to include your car.
Amazon today launched an in-car delivery option to Amazon Key. With it, Amazon Prime customers can choose to have their packages dropped off inside their car when parked in a public area. Amazon Key in-car delivery is now available in 37 U.S. cities, including Portland, OR; Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN; and Washington, D.C. The full list of cities is available at the bottom of this post.
Amazon's in-car delivery service is currently supported on compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicles with an active OnStar account. It's also available on 2015 or newer Volvo vehicles with an active Volvo On Call account.
If you meet all of the requirements, you can download the Amazon Key app and start getting deliveries dropped off at your car. Just complete the setup in the Amazon Key app, shop on Amazon, and select the eligible address and in-car delivery at checkout. Amazon will tell you when to expect your deliver, which will typically be a 4-hour window.
When it's time to get your package, you'll need to park within two blocks of your selected delivery address. You'll get an "Arriving Now" notification when the Amazon delivery driver is headed toward your vehicle, and the car will then be unlocked for the driver, who will then place your package in the car and request to relock it. You'll get alerts when your vehicle is relocked and when the delivery is complete.
Amazon Key in-car delivery requires that your vehicle be parked in an open, street-level, and publicly accessible area. Items that are excluded from in-car delivery include items from third-party sellers, items that weigh more than 50 pounds, items that are larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches, and items that require a signature.
Amazon's new in-car delivery service sounds interesting. It gives you another way to securely receive your packages, giving you peace of mind because your purchase isn't just sitting on your doorstep available for anyone to take. That's not the only way scenario that in-car delivery could be handy, though, as it could also be used when you need to buy a gift for someone and you want to keep it a secret.
Some people probably won't be comfortable with an Amazon delivery driver opening the trunk of their car, but this could be a good way to test Amazon's Key service without giving Amazon delivery people access to your home.
What do you think of Amazon Key in-car delivery? Will you try it when it's available in your city?
Eligible for Amazon Key delivery