Amazon Starts Delivering Prime Goods to GM, Volvo Trunks in US

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Amazon today announced that Amazon Key, the service that already enables in-home delivery and keyless guest access, now gives customers an option to receive deliveries inside their vehicle.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) partners with General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Volvo (OTCPK:VOLVY) to deliver packages to the trunks of cars. In that case, the service works with the Amazon Cloud Cam home video camera to show packages being delivered.

Once the package is in the vehicle, the Amazon driver must swipe on the delivery app to lock the trunk before moving onto their next stop.

For now, the service will be broadly useful in cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, and it's coming to more areas soon.

In addition, customers receive notifications each step of the way when a package is en route to their vehicle, and can choose to block a delivery up until the package is in the auto.

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Where will I select the in-car delivery option when I am shopping on Amazon?

Deliveries are made to a stationary auto parked in a publicly accessible area.

"Since launching Amazon Key last November, we've safely delivered everything from cameras to collectable coins inside the home". Customers with 2015 model year or newer Volvo vehicles can activate their Volvo On Call connected service subscription within the Volvo On Call app.

To get started, customers download the Amazon Key App and then link their Amazon account with their connected auto service account. After a customer adds their car's color, make and model into the app, a delivery person can find it with the aid of Global Positioning System. Services vary by model, and most 2015 model year and newer retail Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles qualify for a standard connectivity plan at no additional charge. Amazon verifies the location of a delivery driver and that the carrier has the correct package being delivered using an encrypted authentication process. Customers receive a notification via the Amazon Key App after the delivery is completed and the vehicle is relocked. Drivers are not given any keys or special codes that could be reused.

"Receiving a package securely and reliably in your vehicle, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate", noted Volvo's chief digital officer Atif Rafiq.

Amazon today announced in-car delivery as part of the Key program in 37 US cities, and The Verge reports that the launch partners are GM and Volvo. "This intersection between transportation and commerce could very well be the next wave of innovation, and we intend to be at the forefront".

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