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‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’: iPhone shortcut automatically records police interactions

(WISN) — “Siri, I’m getting pulled over.”

Apple rolled out several new updates on Monday, such as additions to an app called Shortcut that would give the user several options for handling everyday situations including recording when you get pulled over by authorities while driving.

While Shortcut has been around for a while, the new update is making it easier to understand how to use the app, like making Siri respond to requests with follow-up questions.

Shortcut can also save photos from Instagram, it can share the song you’ve been listening to and it can create a morning routine for you. According to Business Insider, Robert Petersen, of Arizona, is using the app for a more serious reason.

In October 2018, Peterson said he created a shortcut on the app called “Police,” which monitors interactions he might have with an officer.

Because most police officers have bodycams on them at all times, Petersen said this is a way for civilians to also record what happens if they are stopped by a police officer.

The shortcut is prompted by the driver saying something like, “Siri, I’m getting pulled over.” Then it will contact a predetermined number in your phone to let them know you’ve been pulled over or stopped. Then it will record the situation with the front-facing camera. After everything is done – the app automatically saves it to Dropbox.

Business Insider spoke with Petersen who said there has been positive feedback about the app so far.

Some people “say they’ve had issues in the past with the police, and one woman planned on using the shortcut to help with a stalker issue she was having with an ex-boyfriend so that she could send her location to family quickly should anything occur,” Petersen said.

“That’s one of the great things about Shortcuts: Anyone can edit a shortcut someone else has made to suit their specific needs,” he said.

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