Location Info Part of iPhone's iOS 12 Wonder Update

Location Info Part of iPhone's iOS 12 Wonder Update

Location Info Part of iPhone's iOS 12 Wonder Update

With about 80 percent of 911 calls made from mobile devices, it's sometimes hard for emergency responders to pinpoint the location of those callers.

If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

The feature is created to give first responders faster and more accurate information, helping to reduce the time it takes for emergency services to arrive. It will also use the RapidSOS system, which is already in use by many 9-1-1 dispatch centers across the country. According to the Federal Communications Commission, about 70 percent of 911 calls are made by people using mobile phones.

The ride-hailing company has been testing the capability of RapidSOS in some cities to share the user's name, location and specific details about the Uber vehicle to 911 when the button is tapped.

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When Apple announced iOS 12 at WWDC 2018, everybody knew that this year's update would focus on bringing improvements to user experience and rolling out updates sans any bug instead of introducing fancy features.

In 2015, the FCC created a mandate that requires major carriers to provide accurate location data for 80 percent of emergency service calls by 2021.

The feature will zone in on a user's whereabouts by using data collected from WiFi access points, nearby cellular towers, and Global Positioning System, then send the precise location information to emergency responders in the U.S. The approach developed by Apple and RapidSOS sends location data from an iPhone to a "clearinghouse" accessible to emergency calling centers. According to The Verge, Apple has emphasized that this will not affect their privacy policy, since the location sharing will not be used in "non-emergency situations". "This is going to save a lot of lives", said Wheeler, now a visiting professor at Harvard University.

"iOS location services are capable of exceeding this requirement today, even in challenging, dense, urban environments", Apple said.

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