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Home shopping delivered to your car?


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Could home shoppers soon be able to have their online purchases left in their cars while they’re at work (or indeed out shopping?).

This is no wild speculation, but a serious project mounted by Volvo. The company is describing the concept as "roam delivery". It relies on a telematics-based vehicle tracking system to pass details of the car’s location in real time to the delivery company.

The last piece in the puzzle – access to the vehicle for the delivery – is handled by a form of digital key, which is generated just for the delivery in question, and then expires.

The system is based on the functionality of an existing telematics app called Volvo On Call, which makes it possible for drivers to adjust the heating in their car remotely via a mobile phone, and to see the car’s location and its fuel level.

Recently Volvo Cars launched a system called Sensus Connect, which it describes as an integrated on-board navigation and "infotainment" experience. Under a strategic partnership with Ericsson, it is looking for ways to expand on this.

 

 

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