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Toyota minivan lets drivers yell at passengers without having to turn around

Toyota looks to make minivans more appealing to parents.
Toyota looks to make minivans more appealing to parents.
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Every parent has experienced frustrations of having their kids fidget and fight with each other while driving, not to mention other annoyances such as constantly being asked “are we there yet?” or having the kids irritate other drivers passing by on the road, etc.” Now, for the first time
Toyota is out to make its 2015 Sienna minivan more “parent friendly with a new feature, called “Driver Speak Easy,” that allows them to use a built-in microphone to amplify their voices through speakers in the back seats so they “don’t have to shout at their children (or other passengers). Although, some adults may still yell through the microphones, it is good to know that the device only works one way, and that the kids can’t use it to talk back to their parents in the front seats. The speakers, which are included in (optional) “pull-down mirrors,” also allow the drivers to check on the kids without having to turn around.

The new feature is just one way the automaker is striving to come up with creative ways to make minivans more appealing to families. In turn, Toyota has partnered with three of the Internet's most imaginative parents who feature the first full look of the Sienna in their videos to prove just how “family friendly” the new vehicles have become. To view them, check out the following links:

· Daniel Hashimoto, a DreamWorks animator now famous for his Action Movie Kid series:
· Matthew Clarke of Convos with My 2-Year-Old:
· The Vine-famous Eh Bee Family will feature the Sienna in their Vine video at
Sienna playlist

In the meantime, it should be noted that other car manufacturers have been coming up with their own ideas to make their minivans more appealing to parents as well. For instance, Honda added a built-in vacuum cleaner to its restyled Odysseys last year.

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