Hyundai is killing off the stubbornly persistent cigarette lighter socket
Hyundai Motor has made an “unprecedented decision” among global automotive makers, the Korea Herald reported today—it is eliminating the “cigarette lighter jack” from all its vehicles sold in Korea and replacing it with a USB power point.
The next step, the paper reported, may be to make this replacement in all the cars it sells globally. Charging a smartphone with the newly-attached USB charger would take one hour, Hyundai said, “seven times faster than when using a separate portable charger.”
Tobacco accessories have been slow to disappear from autos; back in 1994, Chrysler “made a splash” by introducing the first cars without ashtrays since the 1930s. Now, if Hyundai’s substitution catches on (and tech writers like David Pogue have been begging for it for years) it may be the beginning of the end for the ubiquitous car cigarette lighter socket.