Online shopping goliath Amazon already has a virtual presence inside of many American households (Alexa, order me a pizza) but now, customers can opt to let Amazon delivery drivers into their home to drop off packages when they‚Äôre not around.
The new service, which is called Amazon Key, leverages the company‚Äôs new Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock to set up a front door that can be opened by Amazon couriers, The Verge reported. Scary or fascinating? You be the judge.
The way it works is that delivery drivers who arrive at Amazon Key-enabled homes will scan the barcode on the package to send a request through Amazon‚Äôs cloud service. If the driver is at the proper address and the customer has indeed installed Amazon Key, the Cloud Cam will begin recording and the driver‚Äôs smartphone will receive a prompt on their app.
At that point, all the driver has to do is swipe the screen to unlock your door, allowing them to drop the package off inside. Once they‚Äôre done, they can lock the door with another swipe and hop back into the car, ready to make the next delivery. Customers will receive a notification that their delivery has arrived, as well as a video clip showing the courier making the delivery.
Amazon Key will become available on November 8 and require the purchase of a $249.99 bundle ‚Äď which includes the smart lock, Cloud Cam, and free installation ‚Äď before you can start getting packages delivered inside your home. Amazon Prime customers can already pre-order the Amazon Key.
The company plans to roll out in-home delivery on 10 million items, with customers choosing their preferred delivery method at checkout. For now, only Amazon‚Äôs own delivery team will be involved in Amazon Key, but third-party services could be employed in the future.