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Although the internet excels at many things—fomenting social unrest, opening new frontiers in pornography, helping avoid awkward personal interactions—what it truly is best at is creating a frictionless buying experience. That truth has made Amazon a multibillion-dollar enterprise and its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man. And while Amazon’s Prime service seems like a pinnacle of e-commerce achievement, the ability with a few clicks of a mouse to receive any of millions of items delivered to one’s doorstep within as little as 24 hours isn’t quite convenient enough for some people. Now, Amazon—and the internet itself—moves closer to the true promise of 21st-century living by offering delivery to your car.
The service is available in 37 U.S. metropolitan areas to owners of 2015 or newer General Motors vehicles and most newer Volvos. Drivers must download the Amazon Key app and register for in-car delivery by linking their Amazon accounts with their General Motors OnStar or Volvo On Call accounts. Then, when making an Amazon purchase, buyers select In-Car for delivery (Same Day, Two Day, or Standard). Buyers get a notification via the Amazon Key app when their package is set to arrive and after it has been placed in the car; the delivery person is able to electronically unlock the car, then lock it again after the package has been tossed inside.
One limitation: Deliveries must be made to a vehicle that is parked at a preregistered address. Which means that the dream of an Amazon drone dropping a package through the open sunroof of your Malibu while you’re stuck in traffic isn’t quite reality. Yet.