It was recently announced that the convenience of shopping through Amazon Prime would be enhanced for certain customers, as long as they drove either a GM or Volvo vehicle, equipped with Onstar or Volvo-on-Call, respectively. If pre-approved by the Amazon Prime customer, this new service would allow Amazon to access the vehicle’s connective technologies to gain access to the vehicle, and leave the delivered packages before re-locking it the vehicle, securing the delivery.
The service, launched in late April, is being facilitated through Amazon’s partnership with both General Motors and Volvo, and has been launched in 37 U.S. cities. After six months of beta-testing in both California and Washington state, the service had received high marks from its trial consumer base. One customer liked the convenience of having diapers delivered to her Chevy, since it eliminated the risk of her sleeping baby being woken by the ringing of a doorbell. Another customer praised the fact that they could order birthday gifts for their children, without risk of tipping that child off at the time of delivery.
It’s hard to argue with convenience of such a service, once you accept that this is where the 24/7 connective nature of our society has been headed for some time now. Either way, it certainly begs the question ‘What’s Next?’.
Imagine nearing the end of the workday with plans of picking up take-out on the way home. What if you could eliminate that added burden on your commute, by arranging the food to be delivered to your car, minutes before you plan to leave? Wouldn’t that be convenient?
But such accessibility could also revolutionize any number of delivery / exchange-based industries.
‘El Uno Salvaje’ is an Albuquerque-based drug-trafficker out of Southern Mexico. With several charges of B&E and even attempted murder, Salvaje has found himself of the downside of his industry more than once. But according to him, he “never wanted to kill no-one. I never even wanted to break in no-one’s house, man” adding “If only there was an interactive service where I could gain access to somebody’s car, you know? Then, they could leave the money for me, and I could leave the coke for them. Easy. I mean, I wouldn’t like, you know, steal the car or nothing, ese.”
Or Aaron Pratt, who runs a concierge service that conveniently removes the bodies of dead hookers from the trunks of vehicles, and dumps them down by the abandoned airport. According to Pratt, “It would just make it a fuck-ton easier, man, if I could just take the bodies right from the car. Or you know, maybe leave a body in a car, now and again. Anyone wanna smoke?”
We didn’t want to smoke, but we did have the corpses of a couple Vietnamese hookers in the back of our Chevy Trax. Needless to say, we’re really glad we interviewed Aaron Pratt.