iPhone customers are in danger with out this characteristic.
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Apple has been urged to convey an emergency location characteristic that might save numerous lives to the iPhone.

Superior Cellular Location (AML), a expertise that permits the emergency providers to extra precisely find an individual at risk, was delivered to Android over a 12 months in the past — nevertheless it nonetheless isn’t obtainable in iOS.

On its web site, the European Emergency Quantity Affiliation has printed a listing of tales from totally different nations the place AML was used to save lots of an individual’s life. Its correct location knowledge is essential in conditions the place acquiring a location from different means is troublesome.

As an example, AML helped save hikers in Belgium when one man fell and broke his leg, and the group was unable to supply an correct location. It additionally helped save youngsters in Estonia when a toaster caught fireplace they usually have been unaware of their actual handle.

It’s a characteristic that saves lives, which is why Google introduced it to Android final June. However Apple is but to undertake the identical performance in iOS, and the EENA is pleading with the corporate to vary that.

“Previously months, EENA has been travelling round Europe to lift consciousness of AML in as many nations as doable,” reads a submit on its weblog. “All these conferences introduced up a recurring query that EENA needed to reply to: ‘So, what about Apple?’”

“For months, EENA has tried to determine contact with Apple to work on an answer that robotically gives correct location derived from iPhones to emergency providers and rescuers. Sadly, with no end result.”

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The emergency providers themselves are additionally calling for Apple to implement the characteristic on the iPhone.

The corporate affords an analogous characteristic on Apple Watch, which sends a consumer’s location to a specified contact in an emergency. EENA praises that, however says that AML ought to be prolonged to the iPhone, which it says is at an obstacle in comparison with rival units.

“EENA calls on Apple to combine Superior Cellular Location of their smartphones for the security of their prospects,” it says.

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