Amazon Key offers package delivery, inside your home

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It allows Amazon couriers to unlock your front door and drop a package off inside.

If you regularly use these services, or you're notoriously bad at receiving packages, Amazon Key might seem like a good investment.

The old-school method of leaving a key underneath your doormat is inconvenient and often anxiety-inducing, so Amazon believes its new lock-and-camera system will make accessing your home when you're not around more secure.

Amazon says the delivery drivers are "thoroughly vetted".




The service will launch in 37 cities on November 8 for Prime members only, and also allows them to use it to let family, friends and other services into the customer's home when needed. Amazon requires you to purchase their kit for the service, which includes a security camera made by Amazon and a handful of 3rd party smart locks. They then knock to alert anyone who's home, open the door and leave the package inside, ideally without actually entering the home. The company will offer free in-home installation, but says it's simple enough for customers to install themselves.

Others worry about letting a stranger inside their home and hackers. However, the Amazon Key hardware is the literal key to this service-if you live in an apartment or another rented space in which you don't have the power to change the locks on a whim, you may not be able to use it at all. Amazon handles entry to your home so the driver never gets a key or access code to your home.

This service is not just for package delivery. "You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door", Amazon said in an online press release. Amazon emphasizes that its workers are not allowed to enter a home.

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