If You Had a Microphone in Your Car Would You Use It?
No matter how much we try not to yell at our kids... yelling at your kids in the backseat is an requisite part of every family drive.
Toyota wants to make it even easier on you. Not by creating new features to entertain your kids. Instead, they have added a microphone. Yup, the new 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan will have an option called Driver Easy Speak. It's a MICROPHONE in the driver's seat that amplifies your voice through the speakers in the backseat... to make it easier for you to yell at your kids.
It seems like a response to Honda putting an optional vacuum cleaner in their Odyssey minivan last year. But that's just a tool to clean up after your kids... this is a tool to MAKE your kids listen to you.
Minivan sales peaked in 2000, at 1.37 million and now that you can get a microphone they might increase even more.