Trying to outwit package porch thieves, Amazon on Tuesday rolled out a new program to deliver packages to its members’ parked cars, reports Reuters. The world’s largest online retailer will initiate the service in 37 U.S. cities for customers with newer compatible vehicles. It plans to expand the service. Those who wish to participate must download an app from Amazon that links to the vehicle’s so-called connected car service, such as the General Motors OnStar system or Volvo’s On Call service.
The in-car service builds on an effort Amazon launched last fall called Amazon Key. That system uses a $220 combination of an internet-connected door lock and camera to allow Amazon delivery drivers to place packages inside the homes of members of Amazon Prime. By contrast, the in-car delivery service is free for Prime members. It will be offered in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and other areas. The in-home delivery option put Amazon in direct competition with so-called smart home security companies such as Alphabet Inc’s Nest Labs and presaged Amazon’s $1 billion acquisition of connected doorbell maker Ring.