Before you start in with the “Big Brother” stuff here, keep in mind that most of us already give this info up voluntarily. And this could save a lot of lives . . .
Yesterday, Apple announced a new feature coming to all iPhones later this year, that will tell 911 your EXACT location if you call and need help.
Most people don’t know this, but 911 has never been able to use your cell signal to pinpoint you like they can with a landline. They only see the cell towers you’re close to, which gives them a general area. And that area is usually hundreds of yards wide.
That’s a problem, because about 80% of 911 calls are now made from cell phones. And callers aren’t always able to communicate their location. Either because they can’t talk, or don’t know exactly where they are.
And this new feature could help even if you DO know where you are. Because if they immediately know your location, they can get help to you even faster.
Obviously phones already have the capability to make all of this happen. Most of us let companies like Uber track our location all the time.
But the 911 response system hasn’t had a major overhaul in 50 years. So Apple is now extending that GPS capability to dispatchers. And if you really don’t want them knowing your location, there WILL be an option in your settings to turn 911 tracking off.