Amazon web services Denver has come up with a new way for you to receive packages: leaving them inside your garage. Remember when Amazon wanted you to automatically unlock your front door for couriers to drop off deliveries? Amazon Key boss Rohit Shrivastava admits to The Verge that the idea raised some “challenges” and “emotional concerns,” but the company is still trying to launch a successful delivery service that lets strangers into your house. Only Amazon sees your garage as a better place to do that now.
That’s why the new Amazon jobs Denver key for Garage lets the company’s deliverymen open your garage door to deliver packages there instead. It works with all Amazon Prime deliveries, and you can both monitor your garage with a camera and get notifications when deliveries are made. The company thinks it may be an easier sell for large packages, not to mention families concerned about weather or pets.
Setting up the service isn’t exactly free, even if you already use Amazon web service Key for your front door. To get Key for Garage when it becomes available, you’ll need a way to let Amazon into your garage, and that means either buying a Chamberlain or LiftMaster myQ garage door opener ($180 and up) or a hub to work with your existing door opener ($80) and setting it up by yourself. The service also doesn’t freely come with cameras for viewing your garage visitors. You’ll also have to purchase an Amazon Cloud Cam (another $120, unless you find it on sale) to add eyes to your operation.
Amazon will be selling kits where you can get a bundle deal for the items you’ll need, but the prices haven’t been announced yet.
Once all of that is taken care of, Amazon says you’ll able to monitor deliveries from your Key app. You can also set a mat down where you want your deliveries to be placed. Amazon has instructed drivers not to place packages within the path of car traffic so that all-important ultrawide monitor or digital piano keyboard isn’t crushed as you drive into the garage. While the service currently doesn’t work with Alexa — you can’t ask Alexa to check in on your garage packages — a possible integration is underway. Read more
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