Our car has both Android Auto and Carplay support, which is great. Problem is, wife has an iPhone (Lightning connector) and I have an Android phone with usb-c. The vehicle has only one usb port that can be used for AA or Carplay, so the only way to use both is to disconnect and swap cables. What I would like to have, but seems like nobody invented, is a "smart" usb cable that splits into both usbc and lightning and automatically selects which one to use depending on which one is plugged in. Alternatively a manual switch on the cable could also work. Does such a thing exist? Any other ideas to solve this problem?

  • Have you tried a USB hub? – user1686 Apr 16 '19 at 4:36

You can buy a multi usb cable like this.

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  • Aren't those multi cables charge only? Also thought carplay won't work with a hub. – Dandan Apr 17 '19 at 3:59
  • You’re right looks like hubs won’t work. I’ve updated the answer with a link to a cable with data which should work. – johan Apr 18 '19 at 20:14
  • Thanks! The problem with that cable is I need to swap out the tips, effectively making it just slightly better than swapping out the cable. I was hoping I could have both cables and just plug in either one. Also, since the base of that cable is micro-usb, I end up with a fairly long and breakage-prone connector when using usbc / lightning. – Dandan Apr 19 '19 at 21:03

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