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Volvo wants to deliver all your shopping directly to your car

The roam delivery service will allow couriers one-time access to your car, allowing them to drop off your shopping when you’re not around.
Feb 20th 2014, 6:02 PM 16,833 23

THERE ARE FEWER things more annoying than ordering something online, and missing the delivery because you were at work or somewhere else important.

Believing this to be a major problem, Volvo is using smart cars to bring a new type of delivery service, one that brings goods to your car, even when you’re not around.

After making an order, the car’s owner will be informed when the delivery requires dropping off or picking up from the car.

When they accept the delivery, a digital key will be activated which tracks when the car is opened and then locked again, allowing couriers one-time access to your car. Once the delivery is completed, the digital key is deleted.

imageCar owners will receive a text message telling them when the delivery is happening and when it’s completed (Image: Volvo)

The technology is built around two initiatives developed by the company, Volvo on Call, an app which allows drivers to heat or cool the car remotely and view its position and fuel level, and Senses Connect, its dashboard system.

Volvo says that during the pilot, 92 per cent of people found it more convenient to receive deliveries to their car than at home. While it’s convenient and will save people a lot of hassle, the public may need some convincing first before it warms to the idea.

For those skeptical about the idea, the company will be demonstrating the service at the Mobile World Congress next week.

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