Amazon Testing Truck To Trunk Delivery Service In Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Audi liefert mit DHL und Amazon das Komfort-Paket

Amazon is still in the early stages of testing their drone delivery system, but in the meantime, the online marketplace is trying another radical concept next month, by delivering packages to the trunk of your car.

The website is partnering with DHL and Audi to offer Audi-owning Amazon Prime members in Munich the option to have their orders brought to their car and placed securely in the trunk. Using the car’s infotainment Connect system, the DHL driver delivering the package will be given temporary access to the trunk, which will only work one time. Once the trunk is closed, the driver will not be able to regain access.

Audi owners will have to sign up for the free program and give permission to turn on GPS-based tracking during the expected delivery time-frame. The delivery service is intended for those who may be at work when the delivery is expected, and the car owner will have to give an approximate location for the car in advance so that the package is placed on the right delivery truck.

It will be interesting to see how successful Amazon’s new delivery service is, and what security issues arise, especially for those Audi owners who have a hatchback, allowing for full access to the vehicle.

Audi has also expressed interest in expanding the program to allow for package pick-up service using the same methods.

 

Source: Ars Technica, USA Today
Photo: Audi

Stephen Fuchs
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