This is real? They want to get into our homes? But imagine if a courier could temporarily be given access to your home, so they could drop off your package and leave.
Live outside of those 37 United States cities and it could be awhile before you get access to Amazon Key. From a package security standpoint, being able to have deliveries left inside is very attractive.
Key comes complete with a host of built-in protections like notifications of the courier's arrival, live streams of the courier, and instructions to deliverers to avoid actually entering the home. Amazon is pushing even further into the smart home space, a market it's made big strides in, thanks to the huge popularity of its Alexa devices.
Amazon's Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock are essential ingredients for in-home delivery. Keys under the potted plant will be a relic of the past; in Amazon's future, its Prime members can enable in-home delivery after they send a request to its compatible smart lock over its Cloud platform.
Right now Amazon Key will test in 37 cities.
Allowing a stranger into your home on a regular basis sounds like an insanely risky idea.
Using the Key app, customers can watch deliveries take place, according to Amazon. The entire process is done without a key or code - and the entire delivery is recorded on a camera that uploads to the cloud.
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It's a tremendous relief to know that I will not have to worry about thieves making off with the Amazon packages on my doorstep anymore, now that I have willingly granted any number of complete strangers access to the inside of my home where virtually all my possessions can be found. You can't have it, however, unless you're an Amazon Prime member.
The service isn't just for deliveries. In the coming months, it says Key will be integrated with over 1,200 service providers across 60 professions.
We do not recommend using in-home delivery if your pet can access the front door on delivery day. If no one greets them, they press "unlock" in a mobile app, and Amazon checks its systems in an instant to make sure the right associate and package are present.
What are people to do in situations such as that one, he wondered, change the locks?
If you do own your residence, you can also be held responsible for anything that happens to a delivery person on your property.
"Amazon Key will make it even easier to cross a major chore off your to-do list by letting the professionals at Merry Maids take care of the house cleaning while you're not home", said Nik Varty, CEO of ServiceMaster, the parent company of Merry Maids. Amazon will notify you just before the delivery, then authorise the delivery, and unlock your door.