is there anything #Siri can’t do? Well a new shortcut will now allow Siri to discreetly record police encounters, which will be clutch during traffic stops. All an #iPhone user has to say is, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over.” One of the latest apps to hit the #iOS12 mobile highway is “Shortcuts” and with it, users can plot out a series of actions and trigger them by signaling the voice-assistant, @usatoday reports. One savvy user, Robert Petersen of Arizona, created an add-on called “Police” that can give
drivers added security during traffic stops. Police was created to covertly record law enforcement officials to “keep everyone safe and honest.” So how does it work? Well, once Siri is alerted about the traffic stop, the program springs into action to pause any music that may be playing, turn down your screen brightness and puts your phone in Do Not Disturb mode. Siri then sends a text message to a designated emergency contact to let them know what’s happening. The front camera then turns on to record video of the occurrence.
“I have noticed in reading news articles and seeing reports on TV that in many cases you end up with police saying one thing happened and the citizen being pulled over saying another,” Petersen said. “And how do you determine truth? Sometimes the police have body cams, sometimes not, and even when they do it’s not always released in a timely manner.” “When dealing with being pulled over and interacting with law enforcement, you want as little distraction as possible,
and that includes music, bright screens and notifications coming in,” Petersen continued. “You want to be focused on the encounter at hand and don’t want any unnecessary distraction to yourself or to law enforcement personnel.” Once users stop the recording, a copy of the video is sent to a specified contact, the brightness returns to normal, and Do Not Disturb is disabled, Petersen said.