Google Gets Fined by Italy Watchdog as Tech Giant Blocks EV App From Android Auto

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Google is once again in hot waters, and this time the company is being accused by Italy's watchdog of abusing their power and blocking small business from having access to their products.
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Google has been hit with a fine of over $123 million by Italy's antitrust watchdog for abuse of dominant market position.

The case related to Android Audio, a modified version of Google's mobile OS intended for in-car use.

The case also highlighted how Google restricted access to the platform to an electric car charging app, called JuicePass, made by the company Enel X Italia.

Google Blocking EV App

Android Auto lets motorists directly access a selection of relevant apps through a dash-mounted screen. But Enel X Italia's JuicePass app was not one of the third-party apps Google granted access to, according to TechCrunch.

The app is accessible through the smartphone version of the Android platform, but a driver should not be reaching for their phone when driving. So, barring access through Android Auto puts a significant blocker on relevant usage.

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Google's market restriction of JuicePass has drawn the attention of Italy's competition watchdog.

The Autorita' Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato or AGCM stated that Google has violated Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and has ordered it to make the JuicePass…
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