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Honda Introduces In-Car Deliveries Thanks to Key by Amazon

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【Summary】Honda is adding in-car deliveries via Key by Amazon to owners of some models and Amazon Prime members.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Jul 27, 2019 5:00 AM PT
Honda Introduces In-Car Deliveries Thanks to Key by Amazon

One of the great things about connected vehicles is just how easy it makes regular activities. Technology has expanded to a point where automakers and large companies are working together to brings consumers a more enjoyable experience with cars. One of the technologies that has made life easier for consumers is Key by Amazon , a service that lets the giant deliver goodies directly into your car. Honda recently introduced Key by Amazon compatibility for a few of its vehicles, becoming the first Japanese automaker to offer the service.

Honda Owners That Can Use Key by Amazon

Before getting to how the service works, here are the years, cars, and trims the service is available with: 2018-2019 Accord Touring, 2018-2019 Accord Hybrid Touring, 2019-2020 Insight Touring, 2018-2019 Odyssey Touring and Elite, 2019 Passport Touring and Elite, as well as 2019 Pilot Touring and Elite.

In order to be eligible to get your Amazon Prime deliveries, there are a few things consumers have to meet. For one, all of the above models have to have the automaker's HondaLink Remote Package. The package is $110 a month after a complimentary three-month trial. In addition to bringing Key by Amazon, it also comes with things like remote start, remote lock and unlock, speed alert, and find my car.

Consumers also have to be in one of 50 cities where the service is offered. Amazon currently lists all of the available cities on its website, which include Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL; Richmond, VA; San Diego, CA; and Washington, D.C.

How It All Works

Beyond that, the process is relatively simple. Honda owners have to download the Amazon Key app, select their vehicle, enter their specific HondaLink credentials, and that's it. Consumers can then shop on Amazon as they normally would and choose "in-car" delivery at check out. Amazon will then ask for a delivery address, which consumers will have to park within two blocks of. With HondaLink, Amazon delivery drivers can remotely unlock your vehicle, place the package in the trunk, and lock the car once the delivery is finished. The app alerts you to when the delivery is about to happen and when it's finished.

There are a few catches. For instance, third-party goods, items that are larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches, items that weigh over 50 pounds, and packages that require a signature cannot be delivered in a vehicle.  
With Honda deciding to introduce in-car deliveries through Amazon, Acura, the parent company's luxury brand, is sure to follow suit. Honda joins a long list of automakers to have Key by Amazon integration, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Volvo, Lincoln, and Ford

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