Car Boot Sale

A couple of months ago, I discussed the potential impacts of ‘Amazon Key’; a digital doorlock, that allows delivery drivers to drop off your parcel even when you aren’t at home. One of the challenges to adoption is the cost of and willingness to refit your front door lock to accommodate this. Not so in the case of Amazon’s latest evolution, which allows delivery drivers temporary access to your car boot. This employs existing locking technology in new cars and is being supported by the likes of Volvo and General Motors. By dropping off parcels in your boot, Amazon is making you the last mile delivery driver, which could in time help to consolidate some of its existing delivery operations. It also converts the private car into another link in the distribution chain. If this was translated to public transport modes as well, could we see the start of a new breed of mobile micro-warehouses?