Would you let a stranger in your house to drop off a package? Amazon hopes so.
The online retailer will launch a service next month called Amazon Key that would allow delivery people walk into your home to drop off a box when you're not there.
Those that want the service would first have to buy a camera and a Wi-Fi connected lock from the Seattle company that starts at $250. Shoppers can then select in-home delivery on the Amazon app. When the delivery person shows up, the camera starts recording and the door unlocks.
"Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer's home, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the intended time, through an encrypted authentication process," Amazon says in a statement. "Once this process is successfully completed, Amazon Cloud Cam starts recording and the door is then unlocked. No access codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers."
The service will also allow you to unlock the door for friends or family. Eventually, Amazon says, it will have options for service providers (like cleaning services or dog sitters) to enter as well.
Rival Walmart is currently testing a similar service in California's Silicon Valley, which lets delivery people drop off packages.
Amazon.com Inc. says its service will be available in 37 cities on Nov. 8.
Customers can visit www.amazon.com/key to check eligibility, pre-order the Amazon Key In-Home Kit and schedule free professional installation.