Google is making it far easier for emergency services to find you in a crisis


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Google's latest feature could be a literal lifesaver.


The Californian technology company has created a new feature for Android called Emergency Location Service.

When you call an emergency number - whether for police, or an ambulance, or the fire brigade - it uses data from your phone like GPS and WiFi to work out where you are, then sends that information to the emergency services.

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This means they should be able to find you much faster than if you give your address manually - which in emergency situations, can mean the difference between life and death.

The feature isn't available worldwide just yet: It requires the support of mobile networks, and is currently live in the UK and Estonia, Google said in a blogpost on Monday. (In the UK, supportive networks include BT, EE, O2, Vodafone, and 3.)


A wider roll-out is definitely on the cards, though. "We look forward to making Android's Emergency Location Service available internationally," wrote product manager Askshay Kannan, "and [we] are actively engaging with more countries and operators to make this widely available.

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