Amazon now offers in-car package delivery

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Can’t wait until you get home to open that package you ordered? You’re in luck: Amazon announced Tuesday that it is now offering in-car package delivery.

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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," the company said in a press release early Tuesday. "With Amazon Key In-Car, Prime members with compatible vehicles now have the convenience of having packages delivered inside their cars when parked in a publicly accessible area, typically at their home or workplace."
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According to the press release, the service "is available at no extra cost for Prime members and is available today in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. with more cities rolling out over time."

Amazon Key In-Car works with various shipping options, including same-day, two-day and standard, the company said.

To use the service, customers must have a "compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle with an active OnStar account" or "a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account," the company said. Users also must download the Amazon Key app and link their Amazon account with their car service.

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"Amazon uses multiple layers of verification to ensure the security of in-car deliveries," the company said. "Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer's vehicle, Amazon verifies that an authorized driver is at the right location with the right package, through an encrypted authentication process. Once this process is successfully completed, the car is then unlocked. Customers receive a notification via the Amazon Key App after the delivery is completed and the vehicle is relocked. No special codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers."
Some Twitter users were less than thrilled with the idea.

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