Pulled over by police? There’s an app for that

From The Mind Unleashed:

Civilian body cams are now a reality thanks to Apple’s recent introduction of a new feature called Shortcuts to iOS 12. The app allows iPhone users to create customized commands that can be activated by either pressing a button or using Siri.

The app allows users to stitch together other apps to create voice or button activated workflows involving everything from automatic calendar reminders to saving Instagram photos and from easily calculating a tip to sharing a song you’re listening to on social media. iPhone users can create scripts themselves with a little trial and error but shortcuts made by others can be downloaded and installed.

One such pre-made shortcut belongs on the phone of every iPhone user. Reddit user Robert Petersen has developed a very serious and very useful shortcut called Police. This shortcut allows iPhone users to record interactions with police, ensuring that, no matter what happens, you have a record.

Petersen noticed that “police say one thing happened and the citizen pulled over says something else. Sometimes police have body cameras, sometimes not. When they do, the video is not always released in a timely manner. I wanted a way for the person being pulled over to have a record for themselves.”

And that’s exactly what his shortcut does.

After triggering the shortcut by saying something like “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,”music is paused, the phone’s screen brightness is lowered, the Do Not Disturb feature is activated and the phone owner’s location is sent to an emergency contact along with a note informing them that the owner has been pulled over. The shortcut will also begin recording video with the front facing camera and, when finished, will be sent to both the emergency contact and saved to a cloud service…

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