smart ready to drop. smart car boot becomes parcel drop-off point

smart ready to drop is an innovative service that makes online shopping even easier. In cooperation with DHL Paket and online retailers such as Amazon, Allyouneed fresh and Fashion ID smart will enable parcels to be delivered to the boot of your car. Those interested can apply to participate in the testing of the new logistics service now.

It's so easy to shop online: A click of the mouse and your order is placed, but delivery can be tricky if you're not at home. 'smart ready to drop' makes order delivery that much easier. All the smart driver has to do is specify their car as the delivery address. The delivery driver will also pick up return parcels.

We are working intensively on the question of how cars can help make people's lives easier. If the car receives parcels customers have more time to do things they really enjoy.

Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

'smart ready to drop' further maximises the car's use especially in the city and offers a mobility concept that goes beyond driving. The beta test is the biggest in-car delivery test ever performed in Germany.

smart established the smart lab to accelerate the development and implementation of such creative urban mobility projects. The smart lab is the brand's think tank. The easy-going and unconventional start-up mentality of the lab's creative employees is what enables this innovative platform to drive new mobility ideas.

Internet-Shopping - even more comfortable with "smart ready to drop"

“smart ready to drop“ will make Internet shopping even more comfortable as it is today.

'smart ready to drop' has just made online shopping a whole lot easier. The parcels are delivered by DHL Paket. The delivery driver is given one-time keyless access to the boot of the drop-off car through a special app. The app was developed by smart. Annette Winkler says: 'Our successful car2go car-sharing offer with over 1.9 million customers worldwide has enabled us to gain more experience with digital access systems than any other manufacturer. Security is, of course, our highest priority.'

'After successfully completing the in-car delivery pilot project last year in Germany, we are now using the know-how we gained with smart to develop yet another attractive service for a young, internet-minded target group,' says Jürgen Gerdes, CEO Post - eCommerce - Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

'smart ready to drop' is smartphone based: both the smart car driver and the delivery driver use the special apps. After placing the order, the smart customer generates a transaction number (TAN) in the app and enters it in the 'c/o' field of the delivery address. The app reminds the customer to park their car near their home address for delivery.

The app notifies the DHL driver of the desired delivery address. The driver uses the TAN to open the car within a specific time window. Similar to the car2go system, a Connectivity Box is installed inside the car at the bottom of the windscreen. New car buyers can order their smart car from September with a pre-installed Connectivity Box (see below for details). The box can also be retrofitted at the dealership.

The DHL driver deposits the parcel in the boot and locks the car digitally; their access authorisation expires immediately. The app automatically notifies the smart car driver of the successful delivery.

Beta-test starts in September

'smart ready to drop' will be beta tested in the autumn in Stuttgart, followed by Cologne, Bonn and Berlin a few months later. In sum, the service will be introduced in seven German cities. With several hundred participants per city, smart’s goal is to gather experience in realistic conditions. A first field test with some 30 smart drivers that lasted several months was successfully completed back in 2015.

Dieter Zetsche says: "We are now launching this service in Germany together with DHL as a strong partner. In the pilot project our customers can have orders from popular online shops such as Amazon, Allyouneed fresh and Fashion ID (the Peek & Cloppenburg online shop) delivered directly to the luggage compartment of their smart."

The Beta-Test is the biggest In-Car-Delivery pilot, Germany has ever seen. smart drivers interested in taking part testing the new logistics service can apply now online. The smart cars taking part in the beta test will be retrofitted with the required Connectivity Box at the dealership.

Apply for the Beta-Test

Exclusive edition or retrofitting possible

From September 2016 the smart fortwo ready to edition will be available from €15,930 (recommended retail price for Germany including 19% VAT). twinamic 6-speed dual clutch transmission, sat nav and live traffic are available as standard in this edition. The customer can select the paint finish and the wheels and configure their own personal smart fortwo ready to edition by adding select optional extras.

The Connectivity Box can be retrofitted in the last generation of smart fortwo models with combustion engines (C 451), the current smart fortwo coupé and the smart forfour.

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