Amazon's new service lets delivery people inside your home

- Amazon is hoping Atlantans will let a stranger into their house to drop off a package.

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The online researcher announced Amazon Key. a service that would its drivers to deliver packages inside your home when you're not there.

"Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors," Peter Larson, Amazon's vice president of delivery technology, said in a statement.

Amazon said that the service will be available in 37 cities, including Atlanta, starting on Nov. 8.

The service is only available for Amazon Prime members. Those that want to use Amazon Key will first have to buy an "In-Home Kit," which will include a camera and a Wi-Fi connected lock. The kit starts at $250.

The process starts when shoppers select "in-home" delivery on Amazon. When a driver requests access to a home, Amazon said it uses an "encrypted authentication process" to ensure the driver is at the right address. As the door unlocks, the camera turns on, allowing customers to see the delivery happening live or review the video after the delivery.

Amazon said the service won't be only for packages. Users can also offer keyless access for family and friends through the system's app, and the company is planning to use Amazon Key to work with services like Merry Maids.

The Associated Press reports that Amazon rival Walmart is currently testing a similar service in California's Silicon Valley.

While the company is planning to launch the service in Atlanta, it will be only available in select areas. You can see if Amazon Key is available in your zip code at Amazon Key's website.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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