Apple's upcoming iOS 12 update could help save your life.
Only the responding 911 center will be able to privately access the location of a caller-and that's the only information they can retrieve from a user's iPhone.
Apple stressed out that approximately 80 percent of emergency calls in the United States are now made from a mobile devices, however "outdated" framework has made it quite hard for 911 respond teams to quickly acquire a caller's location.
The US-specific feature builds on technology released by the company in 2015, called HELO (Hybridised Emergency Location), which allows phones to pinpoint their location using a combination of Wi-Fi and Global Positioning System.
Nashville will be one of the first cities in the country to use Apple data for emergencies. To address that situation, wireless operators for more than a decade have been working to meet the FCC's E911 requirements, which are created to deliver mobile users' locations to the "public safety answering points", or PSAPs, where 911 operators work. The communications center receives 70 to 80 percent of its 911 calls through wireless devices. - Michael Martin, the CEO of RapidSOSWe're thrilled that Apple is giving 911 centers access to device-based location data via a thoroughly-tested, standards-based approach.
Apple's next iPhone operating system is throwing a lifeline to the antiquated 911 response system. The good news is that it will only do so in emergency situations such as during a 911 call.
Privacy concerns have been at the center of this sort of location sharing in the past.
"This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety", former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said.
The FCC is requiring all carriers to have the capability to locate mobile callers within 50 meters (164 feet) for at least 80 percent of wireless 911 calls by 2021.