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Volvo Testing Mobile Deliveries to Your Car


Just the Facts:
  • Volvo is on the way to making the car a mobile delivery hub for shoppers, with the debut of a pilot program that delivers groceries to your car.
  • The delivery person gets a one-time-use digital key that opens the trunk and then locks it.
  • Volvo says that fewer people are at home to receive deliveries and that this solution will simplify the lives of consumers.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo is on the way to making the car a mobile delivery hub for shoppers, with the debut of a pilot program that delivers groceries to your car.

The service allows consumers to have goods delivered to their car, no matter where it is parked. They choose their car as a delivery option when ordering stuff online via a smartphone or tablet.

The delivery person gets a one-time-use digital key that opens the trunk and then locks it. The key is accessed via a secure app that's part of the Volvo On Call telematics system.

"Digital keys now make it possible to transform the car into a pick-up and drop-off zone," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Volvo has not said when its "roam delivery" services will be available in the real world, but it is testing the service.

Presumably, the service could expand beyond groceries to packages and letters.

Volvo says that fewer people are at home to receive deliveries and that this solution will simplify the lives of consumers.

An early version of the concept debuted at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

Edmunds says: No more aggravating "second attempt" deliveries? Sounds like a great idea to us.

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