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25 April 2018, 02:19 | Antonio Miles
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"Amazon has a voracious appetite for people's information, and this is one more example of its breathless rush to grab every piece of data and turn it into new forms of revenue", said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington nonprofit.
There's no extra charge for the Amazon Key in-car delivery service, as long as you have a compatible vehicle and are an AmazonPrime member. For those who own a compatible vehicle, similar to Amazon's Key service that gives deliverers access to homes through Amazon's Key app, they can now open auto doors and trunks when it's time to drop off a package.
The Seattle company on Tuesday began offering delivery in 37 cities to Amazon Prime members who own newer General Motors or Volvo vehicles. The service is available on millions of Amazon items and works with the same day, two-day and standard shipping options.
For now the service only works with most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Volvocars with an active connected auto service plan such as OnStar or Volvo On Call, although more vehicle marques will be added in the future. "Support for even more vehicle makes and models will be added over time".
An Amazon spokesperson says the company does not take photos of customers' cars, and that Amazon Key only obtains a customer's vehicle information on the day of delivery. Once a delivery location has been registered, customers select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout. To use it, customers must have AmazonPrime and must download the Amazon Key app, which already allows in-home deliveries. The vehicle also has to be parked in a public space, like outside the home or office - in which case, they could probably just deliver it to the actual building.
A final notification comes when the auto is locked with the package inside.
Exhausted of getting your packages stolen off your front porch? The vehicle has to be parked within the radius of the of address used for deliveries.
Is there an additional fee to receive in-car delivery?
The online retailer's in-home delivery service launched last November aims to smooth over a major pain point for e-commerce customers, especially those in urban areas without a doorman - how to get packages when they're not at home and how to keep fresh and frozen food cold enough. We only actually do the unlock if its [sic] the right person, right place, right auto, right time. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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