Amazon, always at the forefront of delivery innovation, is introducing a new feature that will have packages being dropped off inside of your home, even when you’re not around. Dubbed Amazon Key, the program makes use of a security camera and a smart lock that remotely grants access to Amazon for delivery.
Amazon Key will seemingly eliminate the worry of having your items being stolen directly from your doorstep, although it could of course raise other concerns, namely having a stranger inside your house.
The program’s “Cloud Cam” camera, positioned near the preferred entrance, is compatible with the aforementioned smart lock. When the Amazon courier arrives at your home, they then have access to the lock, all while being recorded. Additionally, you can create temporary pass codes for friends or other services for when you’re not around.
“This is not an experiment for us,” insists Peter Larsen, Amazon vice president of delivery technology, when speaking with Reuters. “This is a core part of the Amazon shopping experience from this point forward.”
For now, Amazon Key is only available to Amazon Prime members in select cities in the U.S. The camera and the lock retail for $250 USD, as Amazon also offers installation.
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- Source: Business Insider