Here are some Amazon Key worries you hadn't even considered

Here are some Amazon Key worries you hadn't even considered

The customer will get a notification that their delivery has arrived, along with a short video showing the drop-off to confirm everything was done properly. In as much as Amazon is building in security features, at the end of the day, trust is going to be a huge factor that will decide whether or not Key lives or dies. A driver will come to your place as per usual, but instead of leaving the package on your doorstep, the delivery driver can scan the barcode on the side of the package to match it up to your order number. Ever since it has joined some benefits to make delivery quicker and more comfortable, prime buyers can get the same-day delivery on some items. It also signals Amazon's ambitions in the growing market for home security devices, where Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs competes.

- Kelsey (@PoliticKels) October 25, 2017Amazon: do we have permission to leave your package using Amazon Key?

The service is called Amazon Key, and it relies on a Amazon's new Cloud Cam and compatible smart lock. Amazon said that Amazon Key in-home deliveries are carried out by the same drivers who now deliver your Amazon orders. Once setup, you get live view of the deliveries to your home, as well as notifications that they are happening. The camera automatically starts recording when a motion is detected and uploads that video to AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud.

Although Walmart was first to introduce in-home delivery, Amazon still appears to have an edge over the Bentonville, Ark. -based company "right out of the starting gates", said Tushar Patel, chief marketing officer of Kibo, a Dallas-based omnichannel solutions provider. For example, the delivery service's app allows you to grant access to others. After the request is authenticated, the Cloud Cam starts recording the delivery and the door is unlocked.

When actual deliveries are made, couriers are instructed to open the door far enough to slide packages in and not enter the home if possible. Its parent firm, Assa Abloy, also on Wednesday announced that it is testing an in-home delivery service with 100 customers in Sweden, in collaboration with delivery firm PostNord and e-commerce retailers Jollyroom, Apotea and Komplett.

If you're not a pet owner, it's OK - Amazon is planning on opening up the service to the 1,200 companies that are part of Amazon's Home Services program. "I'm just not sure this is the one people are ready for yet".

The blurb says: "Amazon Key allows customers to have their packages securely delivered inside their home without having to be there". Even though they are given instructions to just slip the package inside the door, the fact that basically, a stranger can have access to your house is uncomfortable.

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