- The Future Is Here: You Can Now Track Your Amazon Package on a Map
- Amazon Map Tracking Lets You Follow Packages in Real Time
Amazon last month unveiled its new Map Tracking feature, allowing you to see where your deliveries are. And now the service is rolling out to an increasing number of users.
The feature gives you a real-time view of where your packages are and lets you know when you might get your delivery. It also gives you a map view, so you can see where your delivery truck is and how many stops it’ll need to make before your package arrives.
The tool is available in the Amazon mobile app. Simply boot it up and access your orders. When you choose to find out where your order is, if the feature is available, you’ll see a map and the ability to track your package in real time. You can keep coming back to the app to see where the package is.
Now, before you start combing through the app to search for packages, there are some caveats to keep in mind.
For one, the feature isn’t available on any packages that are being shipped through traditional carriers, like UPS, FedEx, or the U.S. Postal Service. Instead, you’ll only be able to track packages that are shipped entirely through Amazon’s own logistics chain.
And, as noted above, the feature launched last month and has been slowly making its way to people across the U.S. There’s still a chance that you won’t have access to the tracker yet and, if you’re living outside the U.S., you won’t have access to it.
Amazon shed little light on the rollout schedule and international availability in a statement to CNET, which earlier reported on the feature. Instead, the company said that its Map Tracking feature is “another delivery innovation” that aims at improving “convenience for our customers.”
Amazon has unveiled a variety of new technologies to improve deliveries, including options to have packages delivered in your home or even your car trunk. And as it tries to build out its logistics network to rely less on traditional carriers, those efforts will only expand.
If you absolutely need to know where your Amazon package is even though you got Prime’s same-day delivery, check out the e-commerce giant’s app to see if you already have access to its new Map Tracking tool. Amazon’s new feature, which it launched last year, is now finally available to most (if not all) customers in the US, according to Android Police. It’s not like any other tracking feature, which only gives you a vague idea of where your package is: this one actually allows you to monitor your driver.
Business Insider says you’ll get access to live tracking when your driver only has fewer than 10 stops left before reaching your location. It shows you their estimated time of arrival and how many deliveries they have left before they arrive. Since you can see the driver’s every movement, it raises concerns about security and privacy — someone could order an item just to see which houses near them have gotten packages they could steal off porches. It sounds like a useful tool, however, if you’re out of the house and want to make sure you’re there to receive your package or that the driver truly made a stop at your place.
Track Your Amazon Package on a Map Like an Uber
Even if you’re not an obsessive type-A package tracker like we are (we have every major mail distributor website bookmarked…just FYI), this is good news for anyone with an Amazon account.
The online retail giant now lets you track your deliveries on a map in real-time (very similar to when you watch your driver approach your pick-up point on the Uber or Lyft app)—and holy shipping, we wish every mail service had this (USPS, we’re staring daggers at you).
According to CNET, the new feature is now available to all U.S. deliveries on both the Amazon app and website, and provides info like when the package will arrive, how many stops the driver has to make before your home or business (according to one Twitter user) and a map showing the delivery truck’s route.