Amazon’s brand new offering, Amazon Key, gives Amazon the power to open your door for delivery people, dog walkers, cleaners, and other workers—but is trusting strangers something we all really want?
Currently available only for Prime subscribers in select markets (like many of Amazon’s market-testing endeavors), here’s the basic premise of the program:
You buy Amazon Key for $250. For the price of admission you get one Amazon-key compatible smart lock from Kwikset or Yale and an Amazon Cloud Cam—which was also just announced and looks like a fantastic product.
Once installed (an Amazon-supplied visit from an installation specialist is included with the cost if you want help), you get all the benefits of a smart lock (check your lock status from afar, unlock it for a neighbor) and Amazon’s new security camera to check in on your house (or the front door at any rate). The real selling point that Amazon is pushing, however, is the idea that your local delivery person, like the UPS guy or the mail carrier, can connect into Amazon, request access to your house, and drop off your packages inside the door.
But as great a feature as your-packages-are-safe-inside is—no need to worry that a box with your new Xbox is going to grow legs—that doesn’t seem to be Amazon’s real end game. Amazon isn’t in it just to place your video game console…
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