Emergency Location Service is a new Google service that can potentially save your life.
Beginning this week the company has announced that this emergency location service will contain and will provide your precise location in case you use Android phone and you set up an emergency call.
The reason behind, as per product manager Akshay Kannan, is that 70% of all emergency calls come from mobile devices and this fact led them to the idea to develop this location service that can as she pointed out be „..the difference between life and death."
They are aware that users will also point out on some privacy issues since they are not sure how Google will handle this kind of sensitive information. The product manager explained that once you pick up the phone the GPS information goes directly to the emergency services and Google has nothing to do with the info.
This is not an easy feature to set up, therefore Google had to collaborate with multiple mobile network service providers and emergency service providers in these countries to make the feature up and running.
The Emergency Location Service is fully functional on Android 2.3 and above versions and it is presently available in the UK and Estonia, but soon it will make its way to other parts of the world as well.