Amazon rolled out its Key in-home delivery service last year, in which you basically had to allow delivery people access to your house so that the packages can be left inside. The service was bundled with an Amazon Cloud Cam indoor security camera and a smart lock so you could let delivery professionals inside, and get a real-time view.
As you can imagine, the service didn't really take off, and Amazon is taking another stab at it with a new Key for Garage (opens in new tab) option. The new system lets delivery executives access your garage door to leave packages inside, and you'll be able to view a real-time feed of the proceedings if you have a Cloud Cam positioned outside your garage.
The service will work with Chamberlain or LiftMaster myQ garage door openers, and you'll need to pick up a Cloud Cam if you want to view a video feed. Like before, Amazon will likely offer a bundle with all the requisite hardware. With the service set to debut in Q2 2019, we should know more in the coming months.
Alongside Key for Garage, Amazon is introducing the first WiFi-enabled smart lock for Key in the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. The smart lock is now available for pre-order for $249 (opens in new tab) — or $299 when paired with a Cloud Cam — and will be available widely from March 5.
Amazon is also adding new functionality to Ring customers by allowing them to unlock Key-compatible smart locks from directly within the Ring app. You'll be able to do so provided you use a smart lock made by Yale, Kwikset, or Schlage. The new Ring features are available right now.
Finally, Amazon is rolling out a Key for Business service that lets building owners and managers give controlled access to delivery executives to drop off packages. Building staff will be able to monitor driver entries and manage delivery hours, and Amazon says the service works with most building access systems.
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I can see where this would be useful, but I'm not sure I want that many people to see what's in the garage.
I must be the only person that doesn't want a stranger to be let in my front door or my garage. Give me a delivery box that can be placed in front of my door that bolts to the ground and I'd be ok with a stranger delivering packages to that.
You are not they only one. For some reason I just don't trust anything like this from Amazon.
If they were tied in with FedEx/UPS it would be better, they have very strict regulations.
No you are the majority of us. It makes no sense to let someone into our homes for services such as these. A dedicated spot to put packages for Amazon that is locked up is a much better approach.
That lock box sounds like a better idea.
What about the lockers they have?
They already have those, https://www.getboxlock.com/
If I still owned a home instead of the locker system they have at the apartment complex, I would opt into something such as this.
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