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New iPhone Shortcut Will Automatically Record Police Interactions If You Tell Siri You've Been Pulled Over

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

Whenever Apple announces its newest generation of iPhones, it tends to drown out everything else as devotees scramble to get their hands on the latest and greatest from the Cupertino tech giant. 

But this year, there seems to be almost as much excitement for the latest installment of Apple's mobile OS, iOS 12. 

One new feature that has everyone talking is Shortcuts, a Siri-integrated app that allows users to stitch together action scripts across different apps to create powerful new user tools.

Whether you're downloading from Instagram or YouTube, controlling your other smart devices, or ordering pizza, Shortcuts promises to make Siri more nimble and versatile than ever. 

Several forums for sharing, creating, and modifying the user-generated scripts have already popped, and popular shortcuts are changing how people use their phones — including a wildly popular shortcut that automatically records interactions with police when users get pulled over. 

Developed by Robert Petersen of Arizona, the shortcut, simply called Police, has quickly become one of the most popular downloads for the new iOS app. 

When a user gets pulled over by the police, all they have to say is "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over," and Siri does the rest. 

The script will pause your music, turn down the brightness on your phone, and switch over to "do not disturb mode." It also sends out a text to a predetermined contact, letting them know you've been pulled over. On top of that, it'll start recording from the front facing camera and email the video or save it to Dropbox once recording has stopped. 

With just a short phrase, Siri quickly turns your phone into a body camera for civilians.