The organization wants to know whether the limits Maps places on combining its services with those of third parties could have given Maps a competitive advantage.
“We’re going to see if Google extends its dominance in certain mapping services through this practice,” Andreas Mundt, President of Germany’s Bundeskartellamt, told Bloomberg news agency.
It is now the second Google service to be examined by the German cartel watchdog. An investigation into the company’s News Showcase has been ongoing for some time. Google itself says it is already cooperating with the investigation and argues that its customers often also use competing map services.