It's hard to imagine life without Amazon (and, let's face it, one hour wine delivery!), and their latest offering may be the biggest game changer of all.
Amazon Key, as it's called, allows your packages to get dropped off inside your home, solving the issue of getting packages stolen off your doorstep or missing the delivery person by mere moments.
Starting November 8, Amazon Prime members in 37 participating U.S. cities will get access to the creepy-yet-cool new feature, according to a . Surprisingly, there's no additional fee to try it out!
If you're worried about a stranger entering your home when you're not around, don’t stress. Amazon has obviously thought of everything. Through the Amazon Key app, you can get updates on your package delivery and even see the home drop-off happen live.
The new service requires a full-out Amazon security system, which comes with a smart lock and Amazon's new Cloud Cam. Installation is free.
Key In-Home Kit, $249.99
“Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon, in a statement. “Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones.”
The system seemsif you ask us. Delivery drivers won't have a key or passcode to get in, but rather verify with Amazon through an encrypted authentication process that they are the correct driver and at the right address for each delivery. The Cloud Cam will start recording as soon as the door unlocks and the driver won't be able to move on to the next delivery until Key says your door is locked and secure, according to .
Down the line, Amazon also plans to get rid of that annoying five-hour window many service providers give (and keep you hostage at home for the day). Amazon Key will connect customers to professional service scheduling with thousands of providers via Amazon Home Services. Consider us sold!