Amazon Plots 2 Ways to Foil 'Porch Pirates'

By John Johnson

October 14, 2017

"Porch pirates" may discover that pickings are a bit slim in the not-too-distant future. 

CNBC reports that Amazon is said to be working on two specific ways to cut down on the problem of thieves stealing boxes off customers' porches:

  • Your car trunk: Amazon is working with a company called Phrame that makes "smart" license plates fitted with boxes that hold keys to the car. Owners could grant access, even remotely, to delivery drivers, who could then open the box with their phones and put the delivery into the trunk.
  • Your house: The company is also working on a smart doorbell that would allow drivers to enter the house and drop packages inside. (Walmart is experimenting with a similar idea.)

How well such strategies work might depend on how comfortable people become with "smart locks," notes a post at ZDNet.

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