The latest development from online retail giant Amazon is causing some controversy over its ability to let couriers unlock customers’ doors and leave packages inside their homes.
According to CNN, the feature called Amazon Key is set to launch in coming weeks with a kit that costs about $250.
The service will be available to Amazon Prime members and will allow customers to watch any deliveries remotely via a camera included in the kit.
Amazon says drivers will not have a key or any direct access to existing residential door locks, but will instead use a smart lock. That additional lock, the company explains, will also allow other individuals limited access as homeowners deem appropriate.
Walmart has also flirted with a similar concept, announcing a partnership with a delivery company that would allow delivery drivers to unpack groceries directly into customers’ refrigerators.