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Porsche to start supporting Android Auto with 2022 Porsche 911

Porsche is finally moving beyond its Apple-only partnership and adding Android Auto to its new lineup of cars. To be clear, this is just the classic Android Auto phone-based experience and not Android Automotive, the new backbone of infotainment in Volvo and Polestar vehicles. That said, it’s still a substantial upgrade. The first car to…

Pixel phones will soon talk to 911 operators in place of their owners in the U.S.

Google is adding a new feature to Android’s Phone app that will allow an automated voice service to speak to emergency call centres on behalf of users, the search giant announced on Thursday. The idea here is that the service can secure emergency support in situations in which individuals can’t verbally communicate, they’re injured or…

Researchers training AI to detect cardiac arrest audio cues and call 911

A team of University of Washington researchers has been training artificial intelligence to identify instances of cardiac arrest and respond accordingly. As part of the project, the team has trained an AI system to study 911 call samples to recognize the distinct gasps for air that are let out by someone going into cardiac arrest….

Lyft adding a 911 button to app among other changes

In the coming weeks, ride-share company Lyft says it will add a new button to its app that aims to make it easier for riders to contact 911. Beyond this button, the company also announced that it’s making driver’s license plates easier to view in the app to ensure people get into the correct vehicle….

Woman wanted by police arrested after accidentally calling 911

Setting up a new smartphone is easier than ever. However, if you’re unfamiliar with all the tech and what the buttons do — say tapping the sleep/wake button five times on the iPhone to call emergency services — then you might run into some issues. According to a report by the Canadian Press, the OPP…

Uber adds a button to its app that calls 911

Uber has been working to add more safety features to its app. Uber Canada has confirmed that the 911 Assistance feature will start rolling out to all Android and iOS users in Canada today. The new feature will take the form of a ‘Safety Toolkit’ button. The button will be on the screen whenever users…

CRTC decides network access fees will support police, EMS connection costs for next-gen 911

As the Canadian telecom regulator’s deadline approaches for comments on next-generation 911 services (NG911), one decision regarding the forthcoming services has already been changed. A collection of police departments and 911 centres have successfully petitioned Canada’s telecom regulator to change which organizations receive funds through NG911 access tariffs. Namely, police, fire and emergency medical service…

Canada’s telecom watchdog issues call for comments on next-generation 911 services

Canada’s telecom watchdog has formally issued a call for comments regarding next-generation 911 services, signalling that it’s ready to closely examine the implementation of these new services in Canada. Next-generation 911 (NG911) refers to the ability to send out 911 distress calls using means other than traditional telephony. This includes text messages, picture messages and…

City of Toronto reporting technical issues with ‘911’ emergency calls [Update]

The city of Toronto is currently experiencing technical difficulties with 911 phone calls. #BREAKING: 911 in Toronto experiencing tech difficulties. 911 still working but calls handled by Toronto Fire & Toronto Paramedics. — 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) July 21, 2017 It’s unclear what these difficulties entail, specifically, nor is it known why they have occurred….

CRTC directs Canadian telecoms to update networks for next-gen 911 services

As more and more Canadians embrace a digital future, it’s a little surprising that Canada’s emergency services are stuck in the analogue past — until now, that is. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has told Canadian telephone and wireless service providers that it’s time bring next-generation 911 (NG911) emergency services to Canada. The CRTC…

Former Canadian pro biker uses Siri to dial 911 after bursting a blood vessel

Former pro biker Andrew Cho used Siri to dial 911 after bursting a blood vessel in his C3 and C4 vertebrae. Over $69,000 CAD has been raised for Cho as of Friday night at 5pm, after friends launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him “adjust to his new reality,” CTV news Vancouver reports. By Sunday morning,…

Text 911 functionality a long way off, claim city of Toronto regulators

New reports indicate that the long-awaited ability to text 911 might be more far off than originally anticipated. Officials claim that new regulations won’t be enough to integrate the emergency text system, as operators will need to be trained to handle the new medium, especially with the potential for disturbing images and videos to be…

VOIP service Telus Extend is being discontinued due to lack of 911 support

Telus has sent a message to its subscribers announcing the end of its Telus Extend service, an initiative much like Rogers’ soon-to-be shelved One Number service, which allows mobile users to make calls and send texts via the internet on multiple devices. The carrier writes that the beta service is coming to a close due…

Toronto City council set to vote to introduce 911 texting

Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly, also known as the Six Dad, has tabled a motion for the city to adopt 911 texting capabilities. The recommendation comes right after the recent tragedy in Orlando and requests “the Toronto Police Services Board to review the possibility of introducing 911 texting,” says the filing. Councillor Justin Di Ciano…