If you live in Munich and own an Audi, you’ll be able to get Amazon deliveries to your trunk

if you live in munich and own an audi youll be able to get amazon deliveries your trunk news 2015 a3 sedan interior detail 01
Doorstep delivery? That’s quaint by Amazon’s standards. Not content with delivering to lockers (which it already does), the Seattle-based web firm is piloting a program in Munich, Germany that’ll see parcels left in stationary cars. Starting next month for Prime subscribers, Amazon’s partnering with delivery service DHL to ship packages straight to the trunks of Audi-owning customers.

The merits of such a service are debatable, but at least Amazon’s implementation seems straightforward. When it launches in early May, customers chosen to enroll will indicate the approximate location of the car and the desired drop-off time during checkout. The agent delivering the package will get one-time keyless trunk access, limiting the potential for any funny business. They’ll then fit the package among any miscellany, of course, but also pick up any items marked for return.

Why Audis and not, say, Volvos? The limitation appears technical in nature; according to the Financial Times, in that the first adopters need to have cars that can enable third-party access. Presumably, and assuming car delivery catches on, software improvements on the car-maker side will make broader rollouts possible.

Trunk drop-off is actually one of Amazon’s less quixotic shipping experiments. The company has been developing Prime Air, a fleet of unmanned drones, overseas for the past several months, and in New York has experimented with bicycle couriers for its one-hour Prime Now delivery.

Amazon’s also expanded its network of fulfillment centers to supplement delivery in more places. As early as last April, the company began posting job offerings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York for Last Mile, a same-day service poised to take on shipping giants like Fedex and UPS.

Delivery to the trunk of your car may not solve all the same problems Amazon’s trying to tackle with its other services. It may not even solve some of them. But it’s yet another indication of how far the company’s willing to go to tempt customers away from brick-and-mortar stores.

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Mobile

Happy Valentine’s Day! Coffee Meets Bagel dating app data may have been breached

Are you planning on using Coffee Meets Bagel to find love on Valentine's Day? If you've been using the app for a while, you'll probably want to change your password -- the company said a data breach may have taken place before May 2018.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (March 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in February and March, from new original series to classic films.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (February 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Smart Home

What exactly is Alexa? Where does she come from? And how does she work?

While "Alexa" has become synonymous with products like the Amazon Echo, you can't actually go out and buy an "Alexa." So what is Alexa? How does she work? Here's everything you need to know about Amazon's virtual assistant.
Computing

Breaking: Amazon won’t build headquarters in New York in face of opposition

Amazon has canceled plans for a New York City headquarters afer citizens, civic groups, and politicians pushed back on Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's exclamation of economic joy over Amazon's earlier…
Business

Cruise like Mick Jagger: Virgin Voyage’s new ship boasts RockStar Suites

Virgin Voyages, the new cruise company from the Virgin Group, is now taking reservations for the 2020 inaugural season. The ship's RockStar Suites are designed to help travelers feel like rock stars, going beyond the usual cruise luxuries.
Home Theater

Samsung will stop releasing new Blu-ray players in the U.S.

Samsung, the first company to produce a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, is now exiting the Blu-ray market entirely in the U.S. The move comes after Oppo Digital also dropped out of the market last year.
Business

Alita: Battle Angel’s big opening weekend leads weak holiday box office

New box-office champion Alita: Battle Angel outperformed expectations with its big premiere and positive reviews from critics, but Presidents' Day weekend is still off to a slow start.
Business

Marriott asking guests for data to see if they were victims of the Starwood hack

Marriott has created an online form to help you find out if your data was stolen in the massive Starwood hack that came to light toward the end of 2018. But take note, it requires you to submit a bunch of personal details.
Business

Can Amazon deliver on plan to slash carbon footprint of shipments?

Amazon has announced an ambitious plan to halve its shipment carbon footprint by 2030. The company says improvements in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy make the goal reachable.
Mobile

Need speed? Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon X55, the world’s fastest 5G modem

Qualcomm is preparing for an even faster future: The silicon giant just unveiled a second generation 5G modem for smartphones, promising blistering download speeds as high as 7Gbps.
Home Theater

Amazon ups the ante with Netflix, aims to release up to 30 movies a year

Netflix has a huge budget for both licensed and original content. But Amazon Studios isn't far behind. Studio chief Jennifer Salke revealed a plan to do 30 theatrical and direct-to-Amazon Prime titles this year alone.
Business

Singapore Airlines passengers unsettled by cameras in seat-back displays

A number of passengers flying with Singapore Airlines recently expressed concern over cameras embedded in seat-back displays on some of its aircraft, though the carrier insists the devices have been disabled.