Amazon is receiving backlash after the online retailer announced it would roll out in-car delivery for General Motors and Volvo vehicles. The concerns are similar to those after Amazon announced its “Amazon Key” technology that gives delivery services access to a buyer’s home to leave packages inside.
While the concerns over granting access to someone’s home are greater than a car, it’s the technology itself that poses more of a security risk. The risks were raised in a Driving report published last Friday, and it’s clear, as a society, the automobile is becoming yet another “device” ready for connection to an internet of things.
Amazon’s Key technology syncs with an active OnStar subscription to allow access to the doors and trunk of a car for package delivery. The company said security is a non-issue because the courier will wait to ensure the cloud service once again locks the car. But, the premise of hacking and potential nefarious activity is a valid concern.
By granting access to the car, it opens up a whole new avenue for hackers to do their dirty work. The report details issues surrounding Amazon’s security camera for its in-home delivery service as one way hackers already have an upper hand. Baddies can easily fool the camera and send a false signal to tell homeowners the house is empty while it’s actually ransacked.
Of course, there are no concerns for those who don’t choose to participate in the process at all. But, it shows that, once again, a seismic shift in the automobile is underway.