Last year, the e-commerce giant launched a new service which will allow customers having packages delivered to the trunks of their vehicles. In the start, only General Motors and Volvo vehicles were only eligible, today this service has expanded and now include Ford and Lincoln vehicles. This service was initially launched in 50 U.S. metro areas, according to Lorin Kennedy, who leads the FordPass business venture at the automaker.
Only Amazon Prime subscribers are eligible for these services. There are some restrictions on the package as well, like if the package weighs more than 50 pounds and are larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches in size. Then it will require a signature, are valued over $1,300, or come from a third-party seller also are not eligible for in-car delivery.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Ford to offer its customers one more service and a little bit of value on why [they] have a connected vehicle,” said Lorin Kennedy, who works on product marketing at Ford.
From the past few years, Amazon has been trying to move into the car business. When they started this business, Customers had to give delivery drivers access to their house with the help of a compatible keypad on their door and a smart security camera. The e-commerce and logistics giant has also collaborated with several automakers apart from Ford, to bring Alexa, its intelligent voice-enabled assistant into the vehicle. Audi, Hyundai, Toyota, and Volkswagen also have incorporated some of its newer models with Alexa.
Moreover, for setting up the service you require signing up Amazon Key and FordPass or Lincoln vehicles, authorizing in-car deliveries, and then connecting the accounts. You will also need to add your Ford car to your Amazon key app. You will also need to add your Ford car on Amazon key app and write a description of the vehicle so that Amazon’s courier would be able to locate you.
The cars should have parked within the radius of an address used for Amazon deliveries, so either home or work. Driveways, parking lots, parking garages, and street parking are all eligible locations, as long as it’s not at some random address across town.