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Being similar to Uber and Lyft’s map tracking; your deliveries will now be shown as a dot on a map. This feature is for users who are keen to track their packages in real time. You can also schedule your time based on which spots the delivery guy halts so you can catch up.
Well, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Amazon innovating the delivery process. Just some months ago, Amazon launched a key which delivery guys can use to unlock your door and place the parcel in the house instead of keeping it on the porch. “The Amazon Map Tracking feature is another delivery innovation we are working on to improve convenience for our customers and provide them greater visibility into their deliveries,” Amazon spokeswoman Alana Broadbent told CNET.
However, the map tracking feature only works with deliveries handled by Amazon’s own delivery service and not with UPS and FedEx. It would be better if they also enabled map tracking for these services, but it’s bearable; realizing the number of products that Amazon ships by its own delivery services.
The map tracking feature also denotes the number of stops the driver is away from you. It’s also kind of sad that such futuristic features are being enabled just for the US. The map tracking feature, for example, could be a real help for shoppers in countries like India, where infrastructural design is more complex and the probability of a package being lost in the void is much higher.
At the same time, I’m consoled by the fact that companies like Amazon are taking initiatives to really sculpt the lives of its users by making it more simple and informative.