One of Amazon‘s greatest innovations—Amazon Prime—has become a staple for many American households. Not a day goes by that I don’t see piles of packages with that signature “Prime” tape stacking up in my lobby. The two-day delivery upgrade makes life so easy that it seems like there’s nothing that could make the service more convenient—until now. Starting this spring, Amazon shoppers can choose to have their packages dropped off in their garage, according to Fast Company.
It’s not always an option to have your package left on your stoop, or to sit around all day waiting for the UPS driver to arrive like a kid staying up all night waiting for Santa Claus. On the other hand, with Amazon’s current in-home service, giving a stranger permission and access to your abode might not be the best option either. However, the new garage delivery system could be an interesting solution to package theft while not giving complete access to your home.
The garage option is the latest in the retailer’s slew of “Jetsons”-level Key by Amazon programs. The Key for Home currently allows users to monitor their home security right from their phone by being able to lock their doors, monitor the unlocking usage, check in on loved ones, and now schedule delivery times. You can get notified when someone enters the home, which puts the mind at ease so you can lock and unlock at your leisure.
Despite the convenience that the Key for Home provides, many still feel uncomfortable with the idea of allowing a delivery worker to come into their place of living. That’s where Key for Garage swoops in.
In order to utilize the garage delivery, all you need is a $80 Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub, which is much more affordable compared to the $220 compatible smart lock and Amazon Cloud Cam package needed for in-home deliveries. The service will start out in the 37 test markets that currently support Key for Home.
Additionally, there’s also the option to have your package delivered into your car—yup, you read that right. The only catch is that you need a GM or Volvo car from 2015 or later with an active OnStar or Volvo on Call subscription.
With the latest addition to Key by Amazon, I can’t help but wonder when there will be Teleports by Amazon so your package can be beamed right to your living room without that pesky two-day waiting period.
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