Volkswagen Finally Switching to USB Ports

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Next year Volkswagen will finally catch up to the rest of the auto industry when it comes to in-car technology.

The German automaker plans on replacing its media device interface (MDI) with standard USB ports, which are universally used for electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets. The company’s current MDI uses iPhone and iPod-specific jacks for charging and while that’s great for Apple users, it is an annoyance for Google Android device owners because they have to purchase a separate USB adapter in order use their devices.

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The rollover will be global but the change won’t arrive in the U.S. until 2016 model year vehicles. The company will also be boosting its infotainment systems with a new App-Connect that will work with Mirror Link, Android Auto and CarPlay.

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[Source: Popular Mechanics]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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