Ford champions connected services with Amazon in-car delivery embrace

Ford champions connected services with Amazon in-car delivery embrace

Ford has become the latest vehicle manufacturer to sign up for Amazon’s free in-car delivery and on-demand car wash services as part of a wider pushy toward connected services.

As a result, the Key by Amazon In-Car delivery service will be made available to select Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners across 50 US metro areas, significantly expanding a service which has until now been restricted to a limited number of models equipped with the necessary hardware and software.

Lorin Kennedy, head of connected service division FordPass, said: “Through modem capability with connected vehicles, we’re able to leverage a lot more technology. We see this is really just the beginning of what we can deliver to our customers using a connected vehicle.”

Using the service motorists will be able to divert packages from their door to their boot if publicly parked in an accessible spot. Prime members who install the Amazon Key app can then connect their vehicle to the service via an onboard modem, without the need for a physical key.

Amazon has been taking a lead on measures to reduce the inconvenience of missed deliveries, with the service having been initially designed for homeowners to grant access remotely via a compatible keypad and smart camera.

Ford is in process of transforming itself from an auto firm to a 'mobility company'.

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