If you're anxious about privacy, Apple reassures that only the responding 911 center will have access to your location, and that your information can't be used for non-emergency purposes.
"When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance", he added. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is partnering with RapidSOS, a New York-based emergency technology company, to integrate the ability to receive iPhone locations into 911 call centers' existing software. - 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.
The National Emergency Number Association says that of the 240 million calls made to 911 each year, over 80 percent are made from mobile phones.
Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US. Apple's system uses technology that estimates a phone's location with data from cell towers, GPS and Wi-Fi access points.
Global iPhone users haven't been left empty handed regarding the automatic security feature, as those running iOS 11.3 or later still have access to Advanced Mobile Location (AML) which largely functions in a similar way. The new iOS feature will be a lot more accurate, according to Apple, potentialy saving lives. "Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS", said Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 in a statement.
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.