Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow ... will mar your Amazon package, which can now be delivered not to your front porch but into the trunk of your car. The AP reports the company on Tuesday launched that new service in 37 US cities, and while there's no upcharge, there are some caveats: You have to be a Prime member, you have to park strategically, and your car has to be up to snuff. Almost all GM vehicles (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac) with an active OnStar account and Volvos with On Call from the 2015 model year onward work (OnStar and On Call facilitate the remote access). You'll need to download the Amazon Key app and link your car. The car needs to be parked somewhere publicly accessible (meaning on the street, driveway, or parking lot; private parking garages are a no-go) and within the realm of your delivery address.
The app allows for careful tracking: You verify your car is parked correctly, get alerted to a 4-hour delivery window, see exactly when your car was unlocked and locked, and get delivery confirmation. As for what can be delivered, anything that weighs less than 50 pounds, isn't bigger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches, is fulfilled by Amazon, and isn't worth more than $1,300—which includes a $10.65 pack of D batteries. At CNN, Matt McFarland explains that's what he had delivered, in an experience that convinced him "this is the future of urban deliveries." He explains that "porch pirates" are such an issue in his Washington, DC, neighborhood that he had been shipping packages to nearby relatives. The only hiccup for him is that he had to borrow a Volvo from Amazon to try out the service; his Hyundai Elantra GT doesn't make the cut yet. (Read more Amazon stories.)