System and method for emergency calls initiated by voice command

  • US 9,300,784 B2
  • Filed: 06/13/2014
  • Issued: 03/29/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of operating a digital assistant to provide emergency call functionality, comprising:

  • at a device having memory and one or more processors;

    while one or more functionalities of the digital assistant other than emergency call functionality are accessible via speech input on the device, receiving a speech input from a user;

    determining or obtaining a determination of whether the speech input expresses a user request for making an emergency call;

    determining or obtaining a determination of a local emergency dispatcher telephone number based on a geographic location of the device; and

    in response to determining or obtaining a determination that the speech input expresses a user request for making an emergency call, calling the local emergency dispatcher telephone number using the emergency call functionality.

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