Your iPhone will soon share accurate location data when you call 911, allowing emergency workers to know exactly where you’re calling from even if you can’t tell them. This is a new feature in iOS 12, which is coming later this fall.
911 operators currently have access to location data shared by mobile phone companies, but it tends not to be very precise. The new iOS feature will be a lot more accurate, according to Apple, potentialy saving lives. Apple outlined this in a press release today:
Apple today announced it will also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to quickly and securely share HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) location data with 911 centers, improving response time when lives and property are at risk. RapidSOS’s system will deliver the emergency location data of iOS users by integrating with many 911 centers’ existing software, which rely on industry-standard protocols.
Google is working on a similar system for Android phones, according to Android police, so calling 911 from your mobile phone should be a lot more effective in the next few years. That is unambiguously a good thing.