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Amazon now wants to leave deliveries inside your metro Detroit home

Amazon now wants to leave deliveries inside your metro Detroit home”

Amazon announced their newest product, "Amazon Key", on Wednesday, Oct. 25th.

Amazon delivery people will receive permission to unlock a customer's door for 5 minutes. Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing in-home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon's new Key in-home kit, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special version of the company's new Cloud Cam security camera. The entire process is extremely transparent, but is it convincing enough to give a stranger a virtual key to your door?

Amazon says the delivery drivers are "thoroughly vetted".

Amazon Key deliveries will only be from Amazon, not other shipping services or the U.S. Postal Service.

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The service also allows customers to set the frequency and length of time for friends and family to access their home using the smart lock.

People are taking to Twitter to let Amazon know how they feel about Key, expressing a mix of disbelief, anger, and worry.

While Amazon can direct its delivery employees to enter a home, the homeowner can control who else can come in when they aren't around.

The startup cost to use the otherwise free in-home delivery system may dissuade some users. Note, only Prime-eligible items can be delivered in-home. Amazon handles entry to your home so the driver never gets a key or access code to your home. "You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door", Amazon said in an online press release. The upbeat Pixar-esque jazz soundtrack and Buster Keaton comedy all makes it seem like giving Amazon access to your front door and using one of its cameras to monitor your home is no big deal.



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