Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby e-sarge » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:16 pm

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e-sarge wrote:Here's another example. It's in Canada, but this is the best thread I found for drive being mis-pronounced doctor.

https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lon=-78.91376&lat=43.88275&layers=933&zoom=8&segments=80654014

    Segment is named "Glen Hill Dr S".
    Should be pronounced "Glen Hill Drive South".
    TTS said "Glen Hill Doctor South".

Please add this to the list.


Back in November I reported this one. I did some further testing, and discovered some additional information that could be crucial to resolving these. Obviously, the abbreviation "Dr" is working properly in most cases. However, there are a few places where it continues to be pronounced "doctor".

I discovered recently that when I approach the road from the east, and the expected voice instruction is to turn right, then it says "doctor". But if I approach from the west, the expected voice instruction is then to turn left, and then is says "drive". This is very interesting that the prefix of the turn direction is having an impact on "drive" versus "doctor".

I tested this at two different intersections along this short road, and I get the same result -- "doctor" when I turn right, "drive" when I turn left.

If you need me to do further testing, there is also a Glen Hill Dr N just 3 blocks north of here -- not sure whether the "north" versus "south" direction is relevant to the "doctor" versus "drive" decision, but based on this new finding, perhaps it might also be related. PM me if testing this becomes necessary.

Hopefully this new information can steer the people doing the debugging to finally find and fix this weird pattern.

I was able to test this last week and it works now. Fixed! 8-) :mrgreen:
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby egnralnc » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:24 pm

Hi all,
I have an issue in Raleigh NC with an exit ramp (https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-78.80 ... 12&env=usa). When approaching this exit, Samantha says "Aviation Parkway N" instead of "Aviation Parkway North". I've not seen anything in this forum to suggest that this shouldn't work. Any thoughts?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby egnralnc » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:02 pm

sketch wrote:Possible, then, that instead of failing to pronounce it as "north" after certain words/abbreviations, it's failing to pronounce it as "north" except after certain words/abbreviations. Same result (as far as we know); different causation.

In other words, it seems more likely that something in there is telling it to say "north" after a given list of things (e.g., "St", "Blvd", any numbers) than it is that something in there is telling it not to say "north" after "Pkwy", "Expy", "Chavez", and "Turnpike".


So, if that's the case, how to we get this fixed for "Pkwy", "Expy", "Tpk", etc.? Add to the Google Docs table?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Tue May 08, 2012 1:00 pm

Actually, enclosing N/E/S/W in brackets also makes it say the directions.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Tue May 08, 2012 6:26 pm

Is there no way Waze would be willing to allow direct access to the TTS API so this could all be tested easily? Or at least give us a list of the exceptions they have in place. From that, we can conclude that everything else will be said the same as on the Nuance Vocalizer Demo online.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Wed May 09, 2012 1:06 am

We use a space before and after, not inside the brackets. It does create a slight pause, yes.

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Wed May 09, 2012 1:07 am

Can't see from phone if it's there, but Cr gives County Road. Annoying here as it's our convention for Crescent.

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:32 am

In that case the first one ()

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:07 pm

We seem to have lost cardinal directions here ie (N) (S) etc :-(

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby floppyrod84 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:50 am

Arriving at Street or road without a name is a personal favourite...

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