Amazon Trunk Delivery Makes Package Theft A Thing Of The Past
Couple Loading Purchase Into The Boot Car. Photo: MachineHeadz (Getty)
Not every innovation from Amazon is an immediate slam dunk. For instance, placing wristband trackers on employees to monitor their every movement while on the job is a bit much. Also, home robots are slightly unnerving if you’ve seen even one Terminator movie. However, allowing them to securely place your package inside your car’s trunk to avoid thieves might just be the best idea they’ve come up with yet (although it’s still chump change compared to Google burrito drones).
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Of course, there’s always a catch or two. Not only does Amazon’s new service — rolling out in 37 U.S. cities for a trial run — require you to be a member, but you also need to have a pretty swanky new vehicle to use it, according to The New York Times:
For in-car delivery to work, customers must have a 2015 or later Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle with an active account with OnStar, the roadside assistance and navigation service from General Motors. Car owners with 2015 or newer Volvos with a similar service, On Call, can also receive in-car deliveries from Amazon.
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While it certainly seems less invasive than Amazon Key, which allows delivery drivers access to your home when you are away, we’ll see what kind of hiccups come along with such a venture. After all, who has never accidentally left their trunk wide open and walked away? You know at least one bozo is going to somehow lock himself in one, too.
We sure can’t wait to have to write that headline. As stated, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. are among the cities where the new service (free to Amazon Prime subscribers) is to be tested out first. Fingers crossed!