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Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

Posted May 12, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Expanding on a feature that grants Amazon access to our homes, the retail juggernaut is now adding a service to its growing portfolio where customers would allow the retailer access to their cars for the purpose of delivering items ordered from their site.

Instead of playing a guessing game over the likelihood of your packages being stolen from your front porch or letting an Amazon delivery person into your home (only so that they can judge the number of dying plants or old pizza boxes in your possession), customers can now receive delivery in their parked cars.

Customers need only place an order, confirming that their vehicle is parked within a delivery location that is also publicly accessible, and expect delivery to occur during an estimated four-hour delivery window.

“We were really happy with the response to in-home delivery,” said Peter Larsen, vice president of delivery technology at Amazon. “What we wanted to do — and it was part of the plan all along — is how we take that beyond the home.”

For now, the service is only available in 37 select cities and to customers with 2015 or newer model cars from brands such as Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Volvo because their connectivity settings allow these cars to be remotely unlocked. Likewise, customers also need to have an OnStar or Volvo On Call account.

Amazon expects to expand the service in the future to include other automobile manufacturers.

And while the feature sounds convenient, it is likely one that will be lost on me as I generally tend to forget where I’ve parked my vehicle (I’m drawing a blank as we speak).

I do not need Amazon to know that I often forget where I’ve parked my car on top of their already knowing that I’ve ordered the Mama Mia soundtrack…twice.

Would you use this feature?

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Re: Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

05/12/2018 9:49 AM

Would you use this feature?

I don't know, I'll have to ask Alexa...

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Re: Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

05/12/2018 3:06 PM

OK Google: Keep an eye on Alexa when she delivers my packages.

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Re: Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

05/13/2018 11:04 AM

If car is home to receive my package.. so am I?

I can hear it now.

"Honey.. You can't take the car today. I'm expecting a package and I don't want it delivered to the door like the last 10,000 things we've had delivered."

"We need to get another car with a big trunk to keep in the driveway if you're gonna be using that car every single day"

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Re: Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

05/13/2018 8:01 PM

I just can't picture the article's scenario. Where I fear my Amazon packages are going to be stolen I probably don't have an On-Star enabled new car just sitting there at my trailer park or in the alley while I am elsewhere engaged. Someday when every last 2015 (except grandad's), On-Star enabled automobile is an old clunker this method may get some traction. Why not just have it delivered to your place of employment? Or send a text to your phone of its imminent delivery status? Do you trust those "happy camper" Amazon drivers for anything? Usually Amazon arrives UPS, who have enough to do already.

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Re: Would You Give Amazon the Keys to Your Car?

05/14/2018 12:38 AM

No.

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05/14/2018 10:03 AM

Instead of playing a guessing game over the likelihood of your packages being stolen from your front porch or letting an Amazon delivery person into your home (only so that they can judge the number of dying plants or old pizza boxes in your possession), customers can now receive delivery in their parked cars.

First - most cars now are SUV type and the trunk is not separate from the general occupied compartment. Accepting that premise, we are trading the above noted judgement for allowing them to judge the number of empty water bottles, coffee cups, and quick food wrappers in your car. Has this really improved things?

Besides, I almost always have a mountain bike stuffed into the back of my SUV, just in case I feel the need to ride. Doesn't leave much room for a package.

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05/14/2018 1:31 PM

Personally, I think it is a stupid idea but, I also thought bottled water was a stupid idea. (Who would pay for water when you can get it free right out of the tap?)

If my past record pf predicting the success of new things holds true, it will probably be a big hit.

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05/20/2018 9:29 AM

No.

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