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Amazon wants to put all kinds of junk in your trunk

By Nathaniel Mott , written on April 22, 2015

From The News Desk

Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car -- as long as you live in Germany, drive an Audi, and sign up for its experimental new service, that is.

It works like this: A consumer orders something from Amazon, tells the company where their car will be parked during a certain time, and waits for an Amazon delivery person to deposit the item into their vehicle.

Audi will offer one-time keyless access to the car's trunk when the delivery person goes to drop off the package. The trunk locks once it's closed again, and at no point does anyone have access to the rest of the vehicle, which remains locked.

The goal is to avoid the pain of missed deliveries. The Financial Times reports that Amazon also has plans to take returns left in the consumers' trunks.

The service is only available to Amazon Prime users who have already been selected to participate in this trial run. More people would have to buy cars with keyless access to the trunk for the program to expand to other consumers.

Assuming it works as expected, this service actually seems like a good idea. Having to wait around for a package is frustrating, and it seems that delivery people have a knack for knocking during the few minutes someone isn't home.

Besides, now someone can answer the Black Eyed Peas' years-old question -- "What you gon' do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?" -- with "Provide my car's location to Amazon and hope the item I bought is returned."