GM, Volvo team with Amazon to deliver packages to customers’ cars

General Motors and Volvo have partnered with Amazon to offer customers in-vehicle delivery of packages in the United States.

The service will be available for both automakers’ vehicles beginning Tuesday in 37 cities with plans to expand the service coast to coast.

Packages can be delivered to a location registered by the customer.

The service is available on more than 7 million 2015 model year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles for GM. It comes free for Amazon Prime members with an active OnStar account.

Volvo, one of the smaller luxury brands in the U.S., hopes to cater to high-end customers with busy lives by offering a convenience that leverages Amazon’s size and reach.

Technology, connectivity and software are allowing automakers to extend the role and utility of light vehicles in ways beyond transportation — in this case transforming a sedan or crossover into a temporary drop box or secure locker.

“The ambition is to work toward full national coverage,” Volvo Chief Digital Officer Atif Rafiq said without providing a target for when nationwide service would be reached.

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