‘Hey, Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ shortcut will record police interaction and share location

Reddit user Robert A Peterson has come up with helpful iPhone Siri Shortcuts. When the Shortcut is invoked, iPhone will automatically start recording a video with a simple command, ‘Hey, Siri, I’m getting pulled over’.  It will also send a message with your location to a family member or a friend.

Videos and live streams of interactions of users with the police have come to surface in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Most of these videos describe police brutality towards protestors. The shortcut is created for such interactions involving police brutality with protestors. As users do not always have the time to take out their smartphones and start recording the incident, the shortcut will turn out to be very useful.

Enable Siri’s command shortcut ‘Getting Pulled Over’

Enabling Siri’s command shortcuts is very easy. Make sure that you install Siri’s Shortcut app from the App Store first. Here is how you can enable command shortcuts:

  1. Go to Settings > Shortcuts.
  2. Allow Untrusted shortcuts so that Shortcuts created by third parties can be installed.
  3. For adding the ‘Hey, Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ shortcut, click on this link by Robert Peterson.
  4. Clicking the link will launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  5. iPhone will ask permission for adding the new shortcut.
  6. Tap on Add Untrusted Shortcut. 
  7. You will then be asked to pick the contacts you want your location to be sent to when you launch the command on your phone
  8. Once the shortcut is set up, test it by commanding Siri that you are getting pulled over.

In any case, when users feel unsafe or are facing a life-threatening situation, they can easily and quickly record the incident as proof of their innocence, ill-treatment, or evidence of wrongdoing for court and the world by simply unlocking their iPhone and saying ‘Hey Siri, ‘I’m getting pulled over’ while holding down the home button.

The shortcut will automatically:

  • Turn down the volume
  • Dim your screen.
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb.
  • Send a message with your location to your selected contact.
  • Start recording with the front-facing camera.

Users will have to manually stop recording to save the clip in the media library.

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The voice assist shortcut seems useful for users’ safety, especially in places where racism leads to hate crimes like in the United States at the moment.

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