Volvo aims to solve the hassle of customers waiting in for a courier delivery by turning its cars into safes.
Through a partnership with Amazon, Volvo drivers in the Nordic countries, Switzerland and USA will be able to designate their car as the delivery address for online shopping.
The system only works with newer, connected Volvos, syncing the Amazon Key app with the Volvo On Call account. Drivers expecting a delivery simply park at their delivery address, either home or work.
The courier driver will be able to unlock the car boot via the app, leave the consignment and relock the car, automatically sending a notification to the customer.
It’s an unsigned delivery so there is only the courier’s word that the parcel was left in the boot, much the same as any unsigned package left in a ‘safe location’ designated by the customer.
“Receiving a package securely and reliably in your car, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate,” said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars.
“This mix of car and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront.”