Volkswagen Finally Switching to USB Ports

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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