Trending News: Amazon Reportedly Developing Tech That Let Drivers In Your House
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Amazon is reportedly working with companies to produce smart technology that allows drivers one-time access to your car and even your home. The tech, which already exists in several forms, would be meant to reduce package theft.
Living in the modern age of ecommerce is undeniably convenient. Thanks to the wealth of options available, there really isn’t much you can’t have delivered to your doorstep — and quickly, at that. But it’s the doorstep itself that can be a problem, given that there’s little to stop ne’er-do-wells from getting their grubby hands on your defenseless packages. But really, what’s there to be done?
If Amazon has anything to say about it, the answer is “give delivery drivers access to your car” — or even your house.
According to CNBC, Amazon is in talks with a company called Phrame, who makes “smart” license plate frames that allows one-time access to your car via a hidden key fob. Normally, the idea is that if you’re locked out of your car, you can use your smartphone to access the hidden fob and unlock your door. But the same technology also allows you to grant access to others remotely. Like an Amazon driver, for instance. Packages left in your trunk would obviously be more secure than those on the doorstep, and provided the driver replaces the fob correctly, there’s little risk.
While Amazon is said to be in “advanced talks” with Phrame, two other sources said that the company is also working to develop smart doorbells that would grant drivers similar one-time access to the customer’s home. There’s no indication how far along the talks are, but similar technology is already widely available. While undeniably a little creepy, it would be preferable for customers who leave their cars in garages, or need them to get to work.
Package theft is a growing problem as ecommerce becomes more available, with one smart doorbell maker claiming that 11 million packages were stolen in 2016.
Obviously, the success of these technologies would depend heavily on the integrity of the drivers, given the access it provides them. What’s more, I’ve seen Amazon packages delivered to my building via everything from conventional delivery services like FedEx and UPS to local courier services and even the U.S. Postal Service. How do you coordinate that technology across all of those (wildly unconnected) platforms?
Either way, if drone delivery doesn’t pan out, this might be an innovative stopgap.
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Packaging company Shorr says their survey found 31% of shoppers have experienced package theft