Amazon wants to deliver packages inside your home, not outside
Possibly pairing with Amazon’s fleet of white delivery vans in metropolitan areas, the online retailer is currently beta testing package delivery that’s left inside your home or garage. Running a test in Seattle, Amazon is linking up with August (smart lock company) and Garageio (smart garage door company) to make this happen.
This is likely how it works: When you place an order that’s eligible for Amazon white van delivery, you would have to option to check a box for in-home delivery. The courier of your order would be issued a one-time access code that would work with an August smart lock or a Garageio smart garage door opener.
Via the smartphone app, the delivery driver would open your front door or garage door to leave the package, then close / lock the door when leaving. This feature is becoming relatively common for smart locks. August rolled it out during 2015, basically allowing people that visit your home, like dogwalkers or cleaners, to access your home without you having to be there.
Conceptually, this could be a savings for Amazon as they wouldn’t have to pay for that familiar brown box that gets left at your front door. Whatever you order could be delivered packaging free, since there’s no need to hide it. Hypothetically, Amazon could release their own set of smart devices that accomplish this as well, all with voice assistant Alexa communicating with your delivery driver.
Of course, this creates a glaring security issue for homeowners. Do you really want to give a stranger access to your front door or even to your garage? Let us know in the comments below.