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 sketch » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:50 am

It's not there in my client.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:56 am

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

Postby sketch » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:53 am

I'll try it too, if you need me. I have an iPhone.

Is there a thread for this somewhere I missed? :lol:
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:21 pm

Thortok2000 wrote:I've noticed sometimes when a weird voice is used with slightly different phrasing. I would assume that would be cached or non-server TTS of some kind. It usually doesn't include road names (sticking to stuff like 'turn left' instead of 'turn left at north pleasantburg drive') but very rarely does.

When Waze can't reach the server for TTS, it reverts to the last selected (or default) non-TTS voice as a fail-safe so you at least get some instruction. Usually this isn't too jarring, because the two default voice types are similar enough, although the non-TTS voice is a bit louder and sounds somewhat more excited. My most recent experience with this was not so, since the last non-TTS voice I had selected was Kevin Hart's Ride-Along. THAT was a surprise!

Here's another fun thing: "Sainte Anne St" is pronounced by the TTS voice such that it sounds a lot like "Satan Street". Yikes!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:47 pm

TTS instructions are indeed cached. Theres some way to clear it, I think by typing cc@tts nto the nav bar.

Is Tnl listed as supported in the Google spreadsheet?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:18 pm

Btw, "Mt" says "mount," not "mountain."

I don't know if it was tested with capitals only ("MT"), or why if that's the case, but it seems I'd been changing instances of "Mt" to "Mount" unnecessarily.

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

Postby sketch » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:33 pm

qwaletee wrote:I know you're a champ and all, but you might want to double-check that with the developers. There is a bunch of abbreviation data on the client that seem to be there at all times, and TTS engines run client side on most platforms.

They don't on this platform. That's why TTS directions don't work when Waze can't find the network. TTS files are created server-side and cached on the device. If you're on Android, you can get to the cached files somewhere (I'm not on Android, but I believe it has been mentioned in this thread at least once).
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:55 pm

orbitc wrote:Parkway issue is new to me. Happened going north. I don't think it happens all the time.

Just to be clear, issues with "N" not returning "North" have been reported a few times recently. I haven't heard any issues with "Pkwy" not returning "Parkway" (the one reported issue was actually just a typo, "Pwky").
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:32 pm

AndyPoms wrote:I thought we only found "Br" = "Branch" in the USPS abbreviations, not in the MUTCD. I know in CT (there's a link to the state listing in the TTS spreadsheet) that "Br" is officially "Bridge" (and it's used extensively in the northeast US that way too).

To be honest, I thought so too, and in fact I originally said that in my post before editing it. The spreadsheet hints that its Br for branch in both, but I'd thought I remembered reading that Br = Bridge in the MUTCD itself. It's possible I read the spreadsheet wrong yesterday.

Either way, the point I was originally gonna make is that Waze's TTS pulls from both the USPS and MUTCD abbreviations. Usually this means we just get lots of alternatives, but of course where there's conflict we have to pick one. I figure Waze chose to incorporate "Br" for "Branch" and "Brg" for "Bridge" because it's the only way to resolve the conflict while still having an abbreviation for each.


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

Postby sketch » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:23 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
qwaletee wrote:It would be interesting to know the distribution of signs using Br for Bridge versus using Br for Branch, so that we could know which to assign causing the fewest issues.

As noted elsewhere, when in doubt, spell in out.

"Br" is apparently the abbreviation for "Branch" according to both the USPS and MUTCD. This is what Waze's TTS abbreviations are apparently based on.

If a local authority disagrees with the USPS and the MUTCD, well, what can we do.
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