Italian antitrust authorities have joined the European Union (EU) and the Indian Competition Commission, becoming the newest international regulatory body to conduct anti-competition investigations against Google.
After the energy company Enel Group complained that Google could not use the "Enel X Recharge" app with Android Auto, regulators began investigating on Thursday. Enel Group was founded by the Italian government in 1962, and now the largest shareholder is privatized in 1999, though it is the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy.
Google can only develop Android Auto-compatible versions of apps if third-party developers provide media or messaging services. Enel X charging primarily helps drivers find electric car charging stations.
In a statement, a Google spokesman said, "Android Auto is designed to minimize distractions with safety in mind and to use apps safely while driving." We work with authorities to review complaints and address concerns. "
Although the cause of the investigation is still unclear, India has begun an investigation earlier this month with the European Union (EU) The most recent EUR 1.5 billion penalty was imposed in March