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Amazon Key expands to enable garage, business deliveries

Amazon Key, Amazon.com Inc.'s keyless delivery program, extended its service to include a slew of options, such as deliveries to businesses and an in-garage delivery option for Prime subscription members, the e-commerce giant said in a Jan. 7 release.

The Key for Garage service will use Canadian engineering firm Chamberlain Group's myQ-connected garage door opener to enable garage deliveries for Amazon Prime customers, starting in the second quarter of 2019.

Amazon also launched a smart fob, called Key for Business, that allows building owners and managers to give controlled access to Amazon's delivery personnel while monitoring driver entries and managing delivery hours.

Meanwhile, Amazon Key, which enables an authorized delivery person to drop off a parcel even when the recipient is not at home, also unveiled the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, its first Wi-Fi-enabled smart lock.

The new Key smart lock is expected to begin shipping to customers in the U.S. on March 5. Other conventional Amazon Key-compatible smart locks come from Kwikset Corp. and Assa Abloy AB's Yale.

The U.S. e-commerce giant's Amazon Key also will be compatible with Ring Inc.'s app beginning in the first quarter of 2019, enabling users to lock and unlock their Key-compatible smart locks directly from the live feed of their camera in the app.

Ring is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based video doorbell maker that Amazon bought in early 2018 for approximately $900 million, net of cash.