The Italian Competition Authority fines a Big Tech company for its refusal to publish an app developed by competitors allowing electric vehicle drivers to search and book an electric charging point while driving (Google / Enel)

On 27 April 2021, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) fined Google for its refusal to publish an app developed by Enel X Italia (“JuicePass”) on Android Auto allowing electric vehicle drivers to search and book an electric charging point while driving. Android Auto is a specific feature developed by Android, which allows end-users to interact with certain apps on their mobile devices while their vehicles are in motion, thus ensuring higher safety standards and reducing driver distractions. Android Auto operates largely based on Google Maps and on the data stored therein, allowing users to search for gas stations and electric charging points, as well as to obtain the relative directions to reach them. However, contrary to the system developed via JuicePass, it is not possible to

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Federico Marini Balestra, The Italian Competition Authority fines a Big Tech company for its refusal to publish an app developed by competitors allowing electric vehicle drivers to search and book an electric charging point while driving (Google / Enel), 27 April 2021, e-Competitions April 2021, Art. N° 101166

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