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We’ve all experienced the inconvenience of parcel deliveries.

Courier services normally give you a one-hour slot (if you’re lucky), but the problem is, we’re not always at home. And if the parcel can’t be delivered, you have that infuriating ‘Sorry, we missed you’ slip of paper left on your doormat awaiting your return.

But that scenario could be a thing of the past if Skoda’s new trial to deliver parcels straight to your boot is a success.

The firm’s digital lab is testing an innovation that can allow delivery drivers to secure access to the boot of a car to drop off and pick up parcels. Skoda has collaborated with two online retailers in the Czech Republic in this new trial.

The car’s owner gives permission to the delivery service using a mobile app, which shows the car’s location on the map. Using the same app, the courier is given one-time secure access to the boot within a set time frame. Once the item is placed in the boot, the vehicle is locked again with the same app, with the owner then receiving a notification about the successful delivery.

Jarmila Placha, head of Skoda Auto Digilab, said: “This pilot project provides a concrete look ahead at how everyday life can be made even simpler and more convenient in future by using state-of-the-art technology. I’m looking forward to further developing this project together with our partners.”

The trial project is currently in the early stages with the Czech online retailers, with only a small selection of the firms’ customers having the option to use the service.

Digilab is essentially Skoda’s innovation centre, which is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and aims to collaborate with other technology firms to improve and introduce new mobility and in the Czech manufacturer’s cars.

It’s not the first time such a system has been used, though. In the US already, Volvo drivers can have Amazon parcels delivered straight to their vehicles using the Amazon Key app. The same app is also used by other US car manufacturers.

Ted Welford

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March 15, 2019

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