Trusting? Delivery Drivers Can Enter Your Home with New Service from Amazon
Last week we reported that Amazon was testing ways to thwart thieves and porch pirates from stealing your delivery packages. One of the options was working with a company that makes smart license plates for cars that feature a smartphone-enabled key-box. The delivery drivers would be able to use the key one time and deliver packages to your car’s trunk.
The other way, and the one that ABC's Good Morning America reported, is that the delivery driver would be able to enter your home - even when you're not there - to deliver the package safely and securely inside your house.
With Amazon's new service, customers would be able to download a special app, called Amazon Key. The technology employs the use of a smart-lock and a camera - all on the smartphone - so the homeowner can see what is being delivered and when the package arrives. Amazon says all drivers are background-checked and the data in the app is encrypted for addition security.
The added security doesn't come cheap. The Amazon Key In-Home Kit is priced at 249.99 and includes the camera and smart locks. After that, the service is free if your a Prime member.