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Volvo is set to be the world’s first car to accept a food delivery as part of its new roam delivery service.
The new technology by Volvo will allow owner’s to choose their car as a delivery option when they order groceries online. The owner will receive a notification to their smartphone or tablet as to when the delivery requires dropping off or picking up from the car.
The new service has been devised to help busy customers who simply don’t have time to wait at home for a delivery to arrive.
The way it works is that once drivers have accepted a delivery, a digital key will be activated that tracks when the car is opened and then locked again. Once the delivery has been completed, the digital key will automatically deactivate.
The system relies on the functionality of Volvo’s telematics app entitled ‘Volvo On Call’ which already makes it possible to remotely heat or cool the car as well as monitor its position or fuel level via a mobile phone.
Klas Bendrik, Group CIO at Volvo Car Group, described how using the car as a pickup and drop-off point would make it possible for good to be delivered to people, not just places.
He said: “The test-customers also indicated that the service clearly saved time, and the same thing is valid for delivery companies a well, because failed first- time deliveries cost the industry an estimated €1billion in re-delivering costs.”
“We are now further investigating the technology of digital keys and new consumer benefits linked to it”.
The service will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.