Amazon Key lets delivery people inside your house

Amazon Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock

After Amazon on Wednesday announced the launch of Amazon Key, a service that allows the company's delivery people to unlock your door and place packages in your home, I started asking people online and in real life whether they would consider using it.

Amazon's latest effort to disrupt the retail industry comes in the form of a new in-home delivery service available exclusively to members of its Prime program. When a delivery driver arrives at the house to leave an Amazon package, he or she notifies the homeowner who is away.

Members of Amazon's Prime shopping club can pay $249.99 and up for a cloud-controlled camera and lock that the company offers to install.

Amazon Key combines an app, a smart lock and the new Amazon Cloud Cam - an indoor security camera - to provide in-home delivery without the need for physical keys or access codes.

To participate, you must buy a $250 security kit from Amazon.

So if you're watching the delivery person walk up to your door and you suddenly have second thoughts about letting a stranger into your home, you can revert the delivery back to traditional drop-off outside of your door at any time. Users can set up the system themselves, or opt for free professional installation. And like Walmart, Amazon has also safeguarded a customer's delivery.

Third is the option that's stirring all the controversy, in-home delivery of items from Amazon.

If you're anxious about trusting the delivery driver, all you have to do is turn to your phone.

She said she hopes Silicon Valley soon learns that people want more than just convenience. "These individuals are thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews".

A notification, mentioning the expected time of arrival, is sent to the customer on the delivery day. Once the delivery is complete and your door is re-locked, your will get a final notification and can watch a video clip of the delivery. You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door.

The Amazon Key help pages answer more questions, including whether to use Amazon Key if you have a pet with access to the front door, or aren't comfortable shutting off your security system on delivery day.

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