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New Toyota minivan lets parents use built-in microphone to scream at unruly kids in back seats
ap ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Tom Krisher,

Posted on 07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats.

Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.” But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway.

And the feature only works one way, so the kids can’t talk back. At least not with amplified voices.

The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an optional “pull-down conversation mirror” that lets drivers check on kids without turning around.

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TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: automakers; parenting; toyota

1 posted on 07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Does this model come with the HandiSmack or is that an option I have to pay extra for?


2 posted on 07/19/2014 2:46:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BenLurkin

My kids rode in the back seat when they were small. No need to shout at them, they KNEW it was dangerous to distract the driver — any driver— so they refrained from shouting and scuffling. Good kids. It really was not difficult “getting them” to behave.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 2:47:35 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: cripplecreek
Sold separately.....Manual only......

4 posted on 07/19/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Veto!
It really was not difficult “getting them” to behave.

In the days before seat belt use was common, a quick spike of the brakes got everybody's attention.
5 posted on 07/19/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BenLurkin

Junior will figure out how to disable that Mommy-Mike before you can say “Do I need to pull this car over? Cause if I do, we’re going straight back to the house! I’ve had it with you two! “


6 posted on 07/19/2014 2:55:43 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: BenLurkin
Deluxe Detroit feature:


7 posted on 07/19/2014 3:05:05 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin

My Dad had the only amplified voice we ever needed, at no extra cost. Only one time would do the trick, none of us kids wanted to know the ramifications of a second “shout out” :)


8 posted on 07/19/2014 3:13:06 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: BenLurkin

Vans are great learning tools for kids.

If our two kids acted up in our minivan, we’d institute the “different seat rule”. We’d make one sit on the left side of the middle bench seat...the other kid would move to the right side of the back bench seat. Putting some space between them usually worked.

If we were in a restaurant, or any place really, when one of them acted up, we’d just ask “You want to go to the van?”. And, they knew without a doubt that one of us would haul their little fanny out to the van and just sit there. No smacking, no yelling...just sitting there while the others were eating or whatever. Didn’t take long to turn them around. Just the threat worked 95% of the time.

In the house we had the “different room” rule...they could not be in the same room at the same time.

If things got really bad...we’d do the nuclear option...the “different floor” rule (we live in a 2-story).

We darn sure didn’t need a microphone.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 3:16:23 PM PDT by moovova
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To: cripplecreek
Does this model come with the HandiSmack or is that an option I have to pay extra for?

lol! That was along the lines of what I was thinking. That and that saying "you're not a parent until you've waved your hand wildly into the backseat hoping to come into contact with someone".

10 posted on 07/19/2014 3:19:21 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: BenLurkin

I can visualize embarrassed children slinking down in their seats as wise-guy dad does a tour bus monologue on the way to grandma’s.


11 posted on 07/19/2014 3:24:03 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

Yearly 500 mile drive up to Aroostook County border town from CT(1960’s). Us 4 kids started acting up, dad pulled over in the Maine woods and threaten to leave us there. 2nd time we acted up, he dropped me off and drove off. Quickly turned around to get me, I learned my lesson quick.


12 posted on 07/19/2014 3:24:04 PM PDT by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: jjotto

Singing.

Sing to your kids — especially when their friends are in the car.

They’ll love that.

Not.


13 posted on 07/19/2014 3:25:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

DONT MAKE ME PULL THIS VAN OVER!


14 posted on 07/19/2014 3:25:54 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: BenLurkin

Hmm, yeah, I sense a business opportunity here. For an additional $100 the kiddies can have their own microphones for a rousing chorus of “Are we there yet?” For an additional $1000 the adults can have a switch to turn it off.


15 posted on 07/19/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: BenLurkin

This is one “innovation” I’m really glad hadn’t been invented when me and my siblings were youngsters.


16 posted on 07/19/2014 3:33:27 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Billthedrill
Yesssss....the "Cone of Silence" option for the back seat...I like that!
17 posted on 07/19/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Why not electrodes attached to the seats? A few hundred million volts and they’ll calm down nicely...Dang, maybe I should patent this for @sshole parents and worse kids.


18 posted on 07/19/2014 3:34:42 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: moovova
If our two kids acted up in our minivan, we’d institute the “different seat rule”. We’d make one sit on the left side of the middle bench seat...the other kid would move to the right side of the back bench seat. Putting some space between them usually worked.

Ours was "We punish both of you severely no matter who is at fault". "That's not fair!"..."Life is not fair, you both lose TV for a week"...

We have the best behaved children I have witnessed and they get along amazingly well.

Rapid path to maturity: Learn fast how to work together and compromise, or suffer deprivation of "privileges".

19 posted on 07/19/2014 3:36:59 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

I really miss those days. They grew up too fast


20 posted on 07/19/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

It makes my head spin how fast they grew up. One moment they’re in an incubator, next he’s brown Brad Pitt ignoring the cougar that just threw herself at him at Fry’s...LOL!


21 posted on 07/19/2014 3:46:26 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: BenLurkin

My parents would just threaten to pull over.

No microphone needed.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 3:51:14 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: gaijin

In fact what you posted is a popular aftermarket option in South Africa.


23 posted on 07/19/2014 5:12:06 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: gaijin

From South Africa, in response to criminals approaching their cars...


24 posted on 07/19/2014 5:20:02 PM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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To: BenLurkin

There was station in the Boston area (in the 60s-70s) that had dreadful Irish music.

I’d put it on really loud and open the car windows. The kids,especially the adolescents, would be humiliated when we stopped at a light.

Shut them right up-—and we’re Irish.

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25 posted on 07/19/2014 5:24:30 PM PDT by Mears
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To: moovova

I would have used the Lassie trick, as in “Jimmy is stuck in the Well”, right where we put him.

In my day, I love saying that, “the hand of fate” would appear from the front seat without warning.


26 posted on 07/19/2014 5:28:20 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Make that TIMMY...


27 posted on 07/19/2014 5:28:46 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: BenLurkin

toyota easy scream.

well most parents don’t do corporal punishment anymore, it’s all that’s left.


28 posted on 07/19/2014 5:54:21 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: gaijin

south africa got that one right.


29 posted on 07/19/2014 5:55:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BenLurkin

start talking about training bras and boobies coming in. that’ll put em in a coma.


30 posted on 07/19/2014 5:56:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Caipirabob

stun guns are anywhere from 50,000 volts to a million volts, just very low current. few seconds could buy several minutes of nap time.


31 posted on 07/19/2014 5:58:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BenLurkin


Mount one of these babies to the dash and wire it in with a pa switch to the speakers in the back and you are ready to do karaoke to the kids when they get out of line.

I'd start singing the Love Boat song (LOL!).

Love, exciting and new Come Aboard. We're expecting you. Love, life's sweetest reward. Let it flow, it floats back to you.

Love Boat soon will be making another run The Love Boat promises something for everyone Set a course for adventure, Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore It's an open smile on a friendly shore. It's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! Welcome aboard, it's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!

Theme song.
32 posted on 07/19/2014 7:38:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Mears

ROFLMAO!!!!


33 posted on 07/19/2014 7:39:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: ozarkgirl; cripplecreek

What the van needs is a noise cancellation system for any row behind the driver ,, same as we have in our headphones.


34 posted on 07/19/2014 7:54:09 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: cripplecreek
, a quick spike of the brakes got everybody's attention.

Including the jerk following too closely behind.

35 posted on 07/19/2014 11:21:20 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: BenLurkin
Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.” But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway.

Oh no - misbehaving kids might be yelled at and have it sound loud to them. This has got to be stopped.....

36 posted on 07/20/2014 3:25:14 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Sorry if my information is innacurate - I took my numbers based on how some of the products I've bought were defined:

Stun Guns advertised at millions of volts

But I am by no means any authority on it. I'd be willing to believe that the numbers are hyped or legally contrived and like you said, low current. If these numbers are accurate, and I'll be darned if I test any of them on myself (lol), maybe they are worth a look. Cheers...

37 posted on 07/20/2014 6:13:38 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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