The USB cable was created in the 1996 to standardize how various electronics and computers can be connected to each other. Designed to be able to transfer data as well as power, USB cables have a plethora of uses.
Not All USBs are Equal
Depending on the use, not all USB cables are created equally. Different devices require more power and data transfer capabilities then others. In the case of your phone and Android Auto there is a good amount of data being transferred to your car stereo, as well as the need for a strong source of power.
Having Trouble Connecting to Android Auto?
While there may be a variety of reasons why Android Auto isn’t connecting to your car stereo, the most likely culprit will be the USB cable. People have reported issues connecting even when they are using the USB cable that came with the phone. If this is the case for you check out this list of Google confirmed USB cables that will work for Android Auto.
AmazonBasics Micro USB Cable (6ft, 1.8m)
Anker Micro USB Cable (6ft, 1.8m)
Cablex Nylon Braided Micro USB Cable (6ft, 1.8m)
iOrange-E Micro USB Cable (6.6ft, 2m)
iSeeker Micro USB Cable (6ft, 1.8m)
Monoprice Micro USB Cable (3ft, 1m)
Anker USB Type C to USB 3.0 Cable (3.3ft, 1m)
Cable Matters USB Type C to Type A Cable (6.6ft, 2m)
CHOETECH USB Type C Cable USB Type C to USB Type A (3.3ft, 1m)
FRiEQ USB 3.1 Type C Cable (3.3ft, 1m)
Inateck USB C Cable (3.3ft, 1m)
iOrange-E USB C Cable (6.6ft, 2m)
LTNLab USB Type C to USB 2.0 Cable (3.3ft, 1m)