Bundeskartellamt probes Google’s conduct with respect to Google Automotive Services

The antitrust regulator in Germany, Bundeskartellamt, issued statement of objections to Alphabet Inc., Mountain View and Google Germany GmbH against Google’s practices, connected to Google Automotive Services (GAS). GAS is a bundle of services licensed to vehicle manufacturers that includes Google Maps, Google Assistant and runs on Android Automotive Operating Systems; providing a complete infotainment system for vehicles. Bundeskartellamt is concerned that the bundling of services may pose significant risk to competition “as this reduces its competitors’ chances to sell their competing services as individual services.”