US: Volvo and DHL close to agreement on delivering stuff directly to cars image

Here’s an interesting take on the online ordering dilemma – the stuff you shop on the Internet could soon be delivered directly to your parked car, skipping the hassle of being at home or work to gain possession.

Deutsche Post AG’s DHL division is currently negotiating with the Volvo Car Group to secure a deal that would see the parcel-delivery service allowed to enter the company’s cars remotely – said sources that know about the proceeds but chose to remain anonymous because the partnership is not public yet. One of the persons that talked to Bloomberg said the delivery service is also engaged in negotiations with other automakers and the company might announce a new program soon. The service would see delivery agent gaining one-time access in a client’s car to deliver the parcel.

The service has already been implemented as a pilot program in Sweden, where the agents used Volvo’s GPS-linked On Call service to gain access to the vehicle and deliver the packages. DHL gains access to the car only after the owner accepts the delivery via text message. This is one perk that could help the Swedish-based carmaker to set itself apart from the top premium automakers on the US market – Germany’s BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Via Bloomberg