Amazon Key, the delivery service that uses a smart lock to allow entry of personnel at the front door, is expanding to operate today with five additional smart locks. The service is growing from three compatible models to eight in total, all from Kwikset and Yale. Kwikset today adds three new models, and Yale adds two.
The three Kwikset models include two with touch panels and a backup keyway, and one that includes a touchpad and no keyway at all. The two models with keyways are called SmartCode 916 and SmartCode 916 Contemporary, and the keyless model is called Obsidian.
It's mostly an expansion of style
The two new Yale models include one with a button and a slot, called Assure 216, and one with a touchpad and no keyway, called Assure 256. In general, the new models do not add much feature, but offer more styling options for users. owners, which is important for something that is in the front door.
Amazon Key was announced in October and is available in parts of around 40 cities. The service requires an approved smart lock – you'll even have to buy locks made specifically for the program – and Amazon's Cloud Cam, so you can see the delivery person enter your home to confirm they did not snoop.
The service, obviously, came with a big question about privacy, but there has not been such a setback, since it's still such a small offer. But as more people get smart door locks and Amazon adds more to their platform, they certainly expect that to begin to change. In addition, the company has been buying smart home businesses (with a focus on the front door), and one imagines it's only a matter of time before Amazon starts manufacturing one.