Amazon has come up with a new way for you to receive packages: leaving them inside your garage. Remember when Amazon wanted you to automatically unlock your front door for couriers to drop off deliveries? Amazon Key boss Rohit Shrivastava admits to The Verge that the idea raised some “challenges” and “emotional concerns,” but the company is still trying to launch a successful delivery service that lets strangers into your house. Only Amazon sees your garage as a better place to do that now.
That’s why the new Amazon Key for Garage lets the company’s deliverymen open your garage door to deliver packages there instead. It works with all Amazon Prime deliveries, and you can both monitor your garage with a camera and get notifications when deliveries are made. The company thinks it may be an easier sell for large packages, not to mention families concerned about weather or pets.
Setting up the service isn’t exactly free, even if you already use Amazon Key for your front door. To get Key for Garage when it becomes available, you’ll need a way to let Amazon into your garage, and that means either buying a Chamberlain or LiftMaster myQ garage door opener ($180 and up) or a hub to work with your existing door opener ($80) and setting it up by yourself. The service also doesn’t freely come with cameras for viewing your garage visitors. You’ll also have to purchase an Amazon Cloud Cam (another $120, unless you find it on sale) to add eyes to your operation….
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