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MercedesBenz testing remote package dropoffs in Germany

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first_img 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 48 Photos Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door is a muscle car in fancy pants Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Enlarge ImageThat’s one excited package recipient. Must be something good in there. Daimler Delivering packages to vehicles instead of households is a great way to ensure your parcel doesn’t get nicked while you’re at the office. Automakers are trying it. Heck, even Amazon is giving it a go. And now Mercedes-Benz is entering the fray.Mercedes-Benz announced this week that it has started a pilot program for in-car package delivery in Berlin, Germany. The program has the unfortunate name of Chark, which is a portmanteau of “change” and “park,” but it sounds like something you’d look up on Urban Dictionary. It’s part of Daimler’s Lab1886 innovation center, which devises and tests new programs outside the traditional core business.The pilot program is open to owners of 2015-or-newer Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, as well as the V-Class van. Everything is set in motion by using the address of the Chark hub and the user’s personal Chark ID number when checking out online, and the owner can choose a window for delivery. When the parcel is within 500 meters of the car’s location, the courier will be granted one-time access to unlock the vehicle, placing the package inside and locking it again. The car cannot be started using this method. At the end, the owner will get a notification, including a picture, confirming the package is in the right spot.There are some basic requirements, but they’re all pretty straightforward. The car needs to be within 500 meters of the indicated parking location at the agreed-upon time, and the vehicle must be easily accessible. The windows and doors need to be closed and locked, with the vehicle in Park, and it must be devoid of valuables, animals and people. The car also needs a solid connection with the Mercedes Me network, which is how the courier is granted vehicle access.Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first group to give in-car package delivery a try. Volvo started trialing a similar service in 2015, and more recently, Skoda has run a pilot program of its own. And then there’s Amazon Key, an in-car parcel drop-off service that works with multiple automakers, including Ford, GM and Honda vehicles. Tags 0 Auto Tech Luxury cars Car Industry 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Mercedes-Benzlast_img

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