With the holiday season fast approaching, Volvo is introducing a new service to deliver packages directly to the trunk of your car. Set to begin this month in Gothenberg, Sweden, the trial program is similar to Audi’s in-car delivery service that it started earlier this year in partnership with DHL.
Volvo’s delivery service works in tandem with three Swedish companies: PostNord, a communications and logistics company; Lekmer.com, an online toy store; and Mak.se, an online grocery store. Volvo owners who already subscribe to the company’s “On Call” services in Gothenberg can simply select “in-car delivery” as an option when shopping online at these retailers. The delivery service then finds where the car is parked, and a temporary digital key activated through a smartphone or tablet allows the delivery driver to access the vehicle to place the packages inside. For security reasons, the digital key is for one-time use only, deactivating after the delivery is complete and the car is locked.
After testing out this delivery service in Gothenberg, where Volvo’s headquarters are located, the company says it plans to expand the program to other cities in Sweden and even other countries. Volvo also plans to partner with more online retailers in the future to provide more services.