For years VW has assumed that anyone that buys its cars uses an iPhone. That's obviously wrong. The proprietary plug VW used was a holdover from the iPod era, but now the boffins of Wolfsburg are finally seeing the error of their ways and will ditch its idiotic MDI in favor of the humble USB.
In 2014, every car on the road should probably have two USB charging ports at the very minimum, and a good cradle to hold your phone at eye level when you use it as a GPS. If any of your vehicles don't meet these criteria, you can kill two birds with one stone for just $13 today.
Pioneer has announced a few new additions to its line of car navigation systems. The AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and AVIC-F90BT come with features like iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, MSN Direct, HD Radio, XM, Sirius, CD, DVD, USB, SD and more. Although, the real specialness comes from their voice recognition abilities.
Sure, it may be our Auto Branding Adventures, but that doesn't mean we can't give a little love to Ducati, who has teamed up with SanDisk to slap its name on USB flash drives.
Auto industry supplier Visteon reports that USB drives (presumably Flash-based) will begin to replace conventional changers as early as next year. Apparently, the drives will connect to a USB port in the glovebox, so's to stay away from the fidgety hands of meddling drivers who should be keeping their eyes on the road…