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Just what you need: a way to increase the noise level in a minivan Add to ...

Have you ever complained that the noise level in your minivan isn’t enough to wake the dead? No?

Toyota has a solution for the minivan driver who wants to make sure that the rear passengers (and perhaps the surrounding cars on the highway?) can hear them ask if anybody wants a cookie, or to please please please stop poking your brother.

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Available on the 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan, the Driver Speak System uses the vehicle’s microphone to “amplify the driver’s voice through the rear speakers so everyone can hear.”

A “Dual-View Blue-Ray rear seat entertainment system" with a 16.4-inch wide dual screen monitor, and two sets of wireless headphones are also available, and may be more effective in creating peace and harmony in a seven- or eight-passenger vehicle.

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