If you're comfortable with having a strange delivery man enter your home or garage via smart home apps, you'll no longer have to worry about losing packages when you're not home to receive them. August and Garageio are the two smart home companies partnering with Amazon to use connected locks and garage door openers for in-home deliveries. Of course, it is still in its testing stage, and the first shoppers to get a taste of this novel feature are Seattle residents.
Essentially, this is how it works: There will be an in-home delivery option when you make a purchase on Amazon, which gives one-time access to the courier to enter your home via an August-locked door or a Garageio-controlled garage. The courier would use either the August or Garageio app to unlock the door or open the garage door to leave your package safely inside your home. Garageio may be better for those who are wary of this process, as it only gives the courier access to the garage if the interior door separating your home and garage is locked.
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The August app already has a similar access feature that gives dog walkers and couriers virtual keys to let themselves inside the user's home. It seems evident that smart homes are slowly advancing onto the radar, and to possibly allow a stranger, albeit a professional on the job, into one's home might prove to be unsettling among many shoppers.
Moreover, if Amazon adopts this feature, it may affect distributors' costs as well since there will no longer be a need for extra packaging required for protection. Amazon has not announced if in-home delivery will be available to consumers in the future or ever, but we'll stay on the lookout for the latest in Amazon news. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments below!