As people have become increasingly dependent on their smartphones for day-to-day activities, charging a phone in the car and connecting to the vehicle’s infotainment system have become more and more essential.

Car makers have turned to USB to satisfy consumers’ needs regarding in-vehicle connectivity. A USB Type-A port has become a common fitment on today’s cars. Users can easily acquire a suitable cable to connect the USB Type-A to the Micro USB or Lightning connector on their phone.

However, the momentum behind the USB Type-C connector standard, now being adopted in new smartphones and other consumer devices, is overtaking the automotive industry.

The USB Implementers’ Forum (USB-IF) has enshrined backwards compatibility in all its activities, so it would be simple to replace the cable or add an adapter to connect a device equipped with a USB Type-C® (or USB-C®) port to the car’s USB Type-A. On the other hand, car makers have an opportunity to increase customer satisfaction and support new features and capabilities by migrating to USB Type-C.