• Jul 21st 2014 at 3:15PM
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Parents often wish they could be in two places at once. A feature from Toyota now gives them the next best thing: The ability to yell at their children from a distance.

The feature, known as Easy Speak, was introduced in the 2014 Highlander and can now be had in Toyota's Sienna minivan. It allows drivers to use a microphone to communicate with passengers via the car's speakers, all while keeping their eyes on the road. This can come in handy when your brood starts their territorial shoving matches. There's also an optional two way conversation mirror, which allows parents to keep check in on the action without having to turn their head around.

These are welcome features. A three-week study from the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia showed that children – not telephones – are more likely to distract people while driving. Parents were distracted on 90 of 92 trips studied by the researchers, racking up an average of three minutes of distracted driving per 16 minute trip. Cell phones only made up one percent of that distracted drive time.










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      Patricia
      • 1 Year Ago
      Back in my day...there was no yelling. You simply pulled over and tore some butts up! Six sisters and two brothers...we learned to get along and not do some of the things, kids do nowdays. This generation is flooded with 'what to do' books and lack of REAL discipline. Kids are out of control because of it. Say what you want about the almighty spanking..its obvious todays way of keeping your kids controled....doesnt work. Kids are rude, disrespectful and SPOLIED rotten. Putting a speaker in the back seat, is the most ridiculous thing I have heard yet!
        sdowns1470
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patricia
        Same thing can be said about adults. I cannot even begin to count the dozens of people on their cell phone when I am checking them out. Some people can't even get off their phone for a few seconds while I am ringing their purchase. One time this lady was outraged and missed an item that she wanted to take off. It was her fault for not paying attention when I got to that specific item she wanted off her purchase. I had to call my supervisor to do a refund for the lady. She made it to be my fault, not hers and she was the one on her cell phone. Customer service had to finally put out signs that say: "Please hang up and do business with us first." When the supervisor of customer service and I were talking, I said they should do the same thing at the checkout too. She agreed with me, but we both knew they wouldn't put signs like that at the register. If people have a problem with that, that is their problem. I am here to serve you and you are supposed to be paying attention to your purchase and tell me to leave off this item or could I do a price check for this specific item. I have no problem with that and will be glad to do so, if you tell me at the beginning or when I come to that item. Once I am finished with the purchase, I cannot go back and manually take that item off, I have to call a supervisor to do a refund. When I go somewhere such as grocery shopping, I do not talk on my cell phone. I go in the store and get the stuff I need and take a look at what they have on sale and see if it is anything that I need. I check out and go home and put stuff away. When I go shopping for leisure, I do not take my cell phone because I do not want to talk on a cell phone in the store. I do not want to hear people's private conversations when I am trying to shop. You cannot go anywhere without seeing anybody on a cell phone. I am tired of people thinking they own the world. I am tired of people being disrespectful when they get asked a question about an item. They need to realize their behavior is rude to other people who are there shopping for food or for leisure. They need to also realize that we all live in this world and we all deserve respect. One time this lady bought a card and a gift card. She was buying it for a person going away. Since I work at a military exchange which is similar to Target, but smaller it was probably somebody's spouse getting permanently relocated or in the military world they call it PCSing. That means permanently changing station. Anyhow, this lady left her items at my register, a couple hours later she called back and said "I forgot to give her her items." I told my boss I tried to catch her, but she was already out of sight. For that I got written up because she left her purchase without even realizing that she had even left it until later that day. I told my boss when I buy something I make sure I have everything, it is not the employees responsibility to make sure the customer has all his/her items.
      Denny
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they knew how to parent they would not need this device
        jadefore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Denny
        What a crock! No matter how wonderful the parentng has been- You have siblngs in a car for any length of time- the fights and arguments will ensue!
        cozypaws
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Denny
        Denny, you hit the nail on the head,Our touchie feely society brought that on
      '57mad
      • 1 Year Ago
      that's right the courteous Japanese would have americans talk to their kids instead of backhanding them in the mouth.................after pulling over to the side of the road and yelling at them for half an hour... : )that or turning the car around and dropping the kids off at their parents house and going to Disney land by their selves. : ) that'll teach those obnoxious kids not to act up on vacations. hahahahahahaha smack/swat/owwwwww spare the rod spoil the brats....pow right in the kisser.
      n1khb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Duct tape works too.
      iquniverse
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK Grasshoppers, this is another "must have" option on your new car. The seat belts in the back are wired to a switch on the dash. Kids screaming, fighting and throwing food in the back ? You give them a healthy but non-lethal jolt. Doesn't work ? Hold the button down a little longer. The silence will be deafening ! And those backseat drivers or passengers giving you bad directions ? Give them a little jolt. Today's special > $5,783.00 each. But wait ! Order in the next five seconds and get two for $3.00. Million mile warranty! Ya'll be safe now.
      cozypaws
      • 1 Year Ago
      I went to a cathloic school and that was one of the first things they taught.Respect and listen to your Mon and Dad.
        T Rock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cozypaws
        Was your "cathloic" school in Jamaica "Mon" ?
      runswthscisors40
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's ENOUGH!!......We're all going for a ride in this van.......down by the LAKE!!!............... Susan Smith
      kenbushway
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't do this to my parents, not because they were overly strict but because they taught me right away how to act and what the consequences were if I didn't. Problem today ever parent reads these nice reports that say you need to be your child's friend to have them grow up emotionally healthy forgetting that most successful people will likely tell you their parents spanked them. Not saying you should beat your children, just don't let them think you won't.
        jgesselberty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kenbushway
        A little discipline and teaching your children how to behave is the best gift you will ever give them, but most parents think it's an X-box.
      betty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Old fashioned way was to pull off the busy street or highway. Turn around and or get out of the car and get the situation under control once and for all. My children had two choices behave or we would turn around and head home forgoing the event we were going to whether it was shopping or park.
      T Rock
      • 1 Year Ago
      What? Just another device to make humans even lazier and cars more expensive. Cars have three mirrors yet now the govt. now requires a backup camera because people don't bother to look at the mirrors, so who is going to look at the camera view??
      larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obama wants one of these. But does it come with a "Teleprompter" ???
      Barbara
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great! I have frequently riden in the back seat of cars (as Ive gotten older,Ha!) and cant hear a thing the two women are saying in the front because of the soud of the rear wheels.
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