Don't have a front porch or a doorman? In the future, you may be able to receive packages from Amazon inside your home or the trunk of your car.
CNBC on Tuesday reported that the online retail giant is "in advanced talks" with the smart license plate maker Phrame about a new trunk delivery idea.
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Phrame makes a device that fits around your license plate and turns it into a "military strength lockbox for your keys" that can be accessed with your permission using an accompanying app, according to the company's website. The idea is that you'd be able to remotely give delivery drivers temporary access to your trunk, where they'd place your packages. You'd then get a notification on your phone when your items have been safely delivered to your trunk.
"Phrame products could possibly be offered to Prime members for free, making in-trunk delivery available to Amazon's most frequent shoppers," CNBC reported.
Amazon is also reportedly developing a "smart doorbell device that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person's home to drop off items," including groceries, CNBC said, citing two unnamed sources. Amazon may have found some inspiration for this idea from Walmart, which recently teamed up with smart home device maker August to test a new delivery concept: dropping off packages inside your home, even if you're not there, and putting your groceries away in your refrigerator.
Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. But this isn't the first time Amazon has kicked around the idea of delivering items to cars. In 2015, it tested car deliveries with Audi and DHL.