Need penguin-speckled socks or lettuce, like yesterday? Amazon can already deliver pretty much anything at the drop of a hat (including a hat), but you have to be in a building to get the packages — until now. Today, two car companies have announced they're partnering with Amazon to bring in-car delivery of packages to customers in the U.S.
GM and Volvo are collaborating with Amazon on the Amazon Key delivery service. Prime members can have packages delivered to a vehicle when it's parked in a publicly accessible area. The service is available on millions of Amazon items and works with the same day, two-day and standard shipping options.
The service is available on model-year 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with an active OnStar account, which will be used to locate and then unlock and relock the car. Customers must download the Amazon Key app and link their Amazon and OnStar accounts. Amazon Key also will work on all Volvo vehicles equipped with the Volvo On Call service platform.
For both automakers, once the apps are downloaded and paired, shoppers then choose their delivery location and select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout. The app will notify customers when the delivery is about to happen. Customers must park within range of their delivery address and a delivery driver will bring the package to the vehicle during the scheduled time window. Customers will be notified when the delivery has been completed and the car is relocked.
Amazon said the service is available now across 37 cities and surrounding areas, with more rollouts planned.
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