Volvo's Roam Delivery pilot lets services open your car with a digital key.
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Volvo wants to bring everyone together, though, with its "Roam Delivery" program. Drivers can choose their car as a delivery address for packages, groceries, dry cleaning, or anything else, and the service they're using gets permission to access the car in the form of a temporary code that opens the car only once. Volvo's press release explains that:
Having accepted the delivery, a digital key will be activated which tracks when the car is opened and then locked again. Once the delivery is completed, the digital key ceases to exist. The system is based on the functionality of the telematics app Volvo On Call, which also makes it possible to remotely heat or cool the car and see its position or fuel level via the mobile phone.
Volvo hasn't yet announced partner services that would be trusted to do the deliveries, but it ran a pilot of Roam Delivery in which 92 percent of participants "found it more convenient to receive deliveries to their car than at home." That does sound convenient. But giving a person so much access to what's normally considered a personal space seems like it could also lead to disputes and trouble.
Wondering if I'd have to disclose to my car insurance provider that I'm a subscriber. Because worst case scenario.