People using the new Shortcuts app to record being pulled over by police on their iPhones

People using the new Shortcuts app to record being pulled over by police on their iPhones
With iOS 12, Apple's acquisition of the Workflow app really bore fruit in the form of the new Shortcuts app that allows iPhones users to make macros or scripts for automating different tasks. The algorithm is pretty straightforward once you open the app, and people are already starting to apply the goods in everyday life.

Case in point - recording a police encounter. Instead of relying on "he said, she said" type of anecdotal evidence or the body cams on cops that may or may not end up in court, an iPhone owner has created the Police shortcut.

The premise of Mr. Robert Petersen from Arizona is pretty simple - one shouts to Siri "I'm being pulled over" while your iPhone is in a dash cradle, and the algorithm starts recording the encounter by firing up the front camera, tagging the location, then texting/emailing all the details to a dedicated recipient and uploading the video into iCloud. 

The phone automatically stops whatever music it is playing, dims the display brightness, and goes into Do Not Disturb mode during the encounter, too.

Download the Police shortcut here

source: Robert Petersen (Reddit)



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL That's clever.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a good idea.

3. Fred3

Posts: 583; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Checking to see if Android will have this

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i think you can do this with a bixby command that you set up... or they have if this than that (IFTTT) apps that you can set up... but those require you doing some work... as far as an app doing all that for you besides selecting the emergency contact there may be something out there... but this is convenient even if its for arguments with your girlfriend.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IFTTT only requires you to set it up once, just like the iPhone.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Android doesn't have this natively, but plenty of apps (like Automate,IFTTT or Tasker) that can do this as well.

4. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Somebody was using their noggin

6. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The Shortcuts app is huge can't wait for more apps to be able to tie in with it. This is a really cleaver use of it.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do like the shortcuts app a lot. One of the reasons I always preferred Android over iOS, is Tasker. While this app doesn't come close to what Tasker can do, for most people it's enough and for those, it would mean a reason less to stick to Android.

15. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Tasker is great but not built into the os like siri shortcuts is. I think more people will also be able to use siri shortcuts because it will be easier for them. I also like that app developers can put in hooks to work with shortcuts.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oh absolutely, apart from the upside of being integrated into the OS itself, Siri shortcuts is a lot more user-friendly than Tasker in general is.

17. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think Google will be building similar functionality into Android also. All goes back to my competition makes a better product. I keep hoping apple will allow split screen apps on phones with ios also...

21. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think you can probably set up something similar with Google Assistant rountines. It's the same concept as Siri shortcuts. I haven't used any routines yet though.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oh thanks for the info, haven't really looked into those routines. I know Amazon has something similar with skills. Have to look into routines and maybe can delete some tasker profiles

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, that's a cool feature I hope I'll never need to use... though I don't use iOS. I'm looking forward to reading about more ingenious configurations like this.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Brilliant idea. Android Pie has supposedly removed the ability to record phone calls which is why I'm not updating my OS.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But they aren't recording a call, so it wouldn't matter in this case that Android P removed it.

18. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

There's an app for that... (Many actually!) and they work with Pie

9. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

This is awesome. Siri shortcuts is one of the most cool features of ios 12. Getting used to it to help me setup HomeKit accessories when i get home.

14. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Cool idea. Hopefully this would hold up in court if something happened.......then again....we've seen time and time again having a clear video doesn't matter most of the time...........But that is another post for another forum. Cool tech though. I would automate so many things if I was in the Apple ecosystem.

19. rsiders

Posts: 2013; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well this is very good especially for a particular group of people. I haven't been pulled over that many times in my life but I would use it if I had an iPhone.

20. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 11, 2018


23. Luigy04

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Very clever app

24. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Gives me ideas to use with Bixby's Quick Commands.

25. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

For Siri Shortcuts , there is A massive reddit thread Search for a similar thread forbixby on reddit

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