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The 'Amazon Key' Would Let Delivery People Open Your Front Door

The 'Amazon Key' Would Let Delivery People Open Your Front Door

Amazon Key is a new service for Prime members that lets you get packages delivered into your home without you being there. Once it's established nobody is home, the delivery worker will remotely open the door using the smart lock app and slide the package inside.

The service uses a kit, that start at $249.99, which includes an Amazon security camera, the Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock.

Amazon's couriers can now drop off deliveries inside your house. Some customers think so after the online retailer announced its newest product today: "Amazon Key".

Need a package delivered while away from home?

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People are taking to Twitter to let Amazon know how they feel about Key, expressing a mix of disbelief, anger, and worry. Amazon says the service can also grant access to "people you trust, like your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner". Customers can stay on top of in-home deliveries with real-time alerts and by watching the video of the delivery either in real time or after it's completed.

When the delivery person arrives, they will knock, and then scan the package to a Wi-Fi connected lock.

Amazon Key, releasing November 8 in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the United States, starts at about $250.

If no one answers, the delivery person swipes a button in the app that sends a message up to the cloud, which sends a message down to the customer's Amazon-enabled smart lock. Amazon recently announced Hub, a locker-like system for apartment complexes, that provides another kind of secure package delivery that doesn't require giving a stranger access to your home. Amazon emphasizes that its workers are not allowed to enter a home.

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