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LAS VEGAS — Receiving packages when you are not home can be hassle. Volkswagen thinks that the trunk of your car may be the solution.

At the Volkswagen keynote address at CES 2016, CEO Dr. Herbert Diess showed off BUDD-e, the company’s long-range electric concept vehicle. BUDD-e has a special drop box in the trunk of the car that can be digitally opened by a delivery service so that your packages can be delivered to you in a more convenient location.

Volkswagen BUDD-e package compartment
Volkswagen BUDD-e package compartment
Volkswagen BUDD-e package compartment
Volkswagen BUDD-e package compartment

The demo generated considerable laughter from the audience, but the idea is actually not that far-fetched or even new. GeekWire reported last year that Amazon is already piloting a program like this for Audi customers in Munich.

This could offer a compelling alternative for package delivery, if car manufacturers can figure out security concerns and logistically deploy digital locks on car trunks. Would you trust Amazon to deliver a package directly to the trunk of your car?

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