Ordering stuff online is awesome. No waiting in line, no parking lots, and no dealing with weird people at the mall. Missing your shipment because the carrier didn’t feel comfortable leaving it on your doorstep? That sucks.
That’s why Audi, Amazon and shipper DHL have partnered up to allow delivery drivers to put parcels right in your car—as long as it’s an Audi, and parked at your house.
By issuing a keyless temporary authorization, the DHL driver can open the trunk of an Audi, drop the package in, and close it up again. The idea is to save time for the delivery driver (who doesn’t need to attempt another delivery tomorrow) and convenience for the driver, who could receive a package delivery in their car at work.
Drivers will receive a digital access code that works during a specific time frame, and only once. Once the trunk is closed, it’s locked, and the code expires. In the future, Audi plans to allow customers to ship packages from their car as well, with drivers picking up instead of dropping off.
It might not be delivery-by-drone, but unlike Amazon’s other futuristic package delivery scheme, this one is launching next month with a pilot program in Munich, Germany.