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


Amazon has announced their new service, Amazon "Key".

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Amazon deliveries is not being home when the delivery shows up. The locks - provided by Yale - are available in a variety of finishes to compliment most doors.

Amazon Key kits became available Wednesday on the company's website for pre-order. You can give friends or family temporary, recurring, or permanent access to your home and also allow other service employees, such as dog walkers, cleaners, and others, into the home on certain dates and times. Some customers think so after the online retailer announced its newest product today: "Amazon Key".

Here's how it works: First, customers will need to purchase special equipment before they can enroll in the service, including a compatible smart lock, security camera, and the Key app (Amazon is now selling $250 bundles).

This service is not just for package delivery. The process will not require codes and the entire delivery will be video-recorded. You come home to find a little note stuck to your door that says, "Sorry we missed you!"


The shipping courier will first knock before attempting to open the door.

Amazon Key will launch on November 8 in 37 cities around the United States and works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping orders.

In a move aimed at protecting packages from would-be thieves, Amazon is rolling out a security camera/smart lock bundle that would allow deliveries to be left inside the home.

Amazon says customers should not worry about the safety of their home. Amazon emphasizes that its workers are not allowed to enter a home. Amazon is also selling a $119 version of the Cloud Cam that's not Key-enabled (and doesn't include the smart lock), for those looking for another smart home security camera option.

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