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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2014
  • Roam Delivery Service can bring packages to your car
  • System will allow delivery drivers to drop off or pick up from their Volvo
  • Service isn't ready for debut but could be soon

Volvo's new Roam Delivery Service will make it easier to get packages when you're away. No, your car won't drive itself to the post office and do your errands for you. Instead, the automaker is launching a system that will allow drivers to have packages delivered to or picked up directly from their cars.

According to the automaker, the service will help cut down on delivery problems, an increasingly common issue as online shopping becomes more widespread. Volvo says that 60 percent of online shoppers in Europe had delivery problems last year, leading to $1.36 billion in redelivery costs.

That means Roam Delivery Service could save drivers and businesses a lot of time and money. While Volvo hasn't announced all the details, here's how the system works: A car owner is notified when the package is on its way. He or she then has the option to choose whether dropping it off in the car would be the best option. If the car owner says yes, the car's location is sent to the delivery driver. Also sent is a digital key that will open the car temporarily so the package can be left inside. The end result is that the package is delivered to the car, which is locked once the delivery driver has left.

While Volvo isn't quite ready to roll out Roam Delivery Service just yet, the automaker says it plans to show off the technology at the Mobile World Congress. That could mean it isn't far from reaching production, where it could help eliminate many of the headaches associated with the package delivery process.

What it means to you: Volvo's Roam Delivery Service can bring packages to your car and make it easier for busy drivers to send and receive items.

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Volvo Roam Delivery Service Brings Groceries to Your Car - Autotrader