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 jasonh300 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:28 pm

txemt wrote:
taddison1 wrote:I had a couple of odd abbreviation behaviors today:

- In this street name: to Downtown / Cesar Chavez N, the "N" at the end was pronounced as the letter N instead of "North". Any idea what could cause that, seeing as the N is not in quotes?
Permalink: https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-96.78 ... s=62245993


I've just gotten a report about this today where the "N" was reading as "en" and not "north." It is unknown if the other directional letters are doing the same thing or not.


There's a whole thread about this somewhere. It seems to be when roads have unconventional names. Such as US-11E N or Cesar Chavez N. If it was Cesar Chavez Dr N, it probably wouldn't do it.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:35 pm

txemt wrote:This one particular editor said it's always said "north" in the directions up till yesterday.


It's a recent issue, and I believe it's worldwide.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:36 am

taddison1 wrote:Just saw another UR saying that TTS was attempting to pronounce "Expy" as a word, something like "Expee", not as "Expressway". "Expy" is in the official Wiki abbreviation list, so it seems this is a problem not limited to the compass point abbreviations.


What was the exact name of the expressway, as named on the Waze map? It's working fine at the expressway near me.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:56 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Ok... just slightly off topic, but have you heard that the person behind "Samantha", our favorite Waze TTS voice product from the company Nuance here in the US has finally revealed her true identity?

Her name is Susan Bennett from the Atlanta area.

The story broke on CNN, a couple days ago, when she revealed that she was the voice of Siri on iOS products.

So if want to see who sometimes misdirects you in unfathomable ways, check out this story, along with the accompanying video.

I think I like hearing our Samantha talk even more now!

CNN Article: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/04/tech/ ... one-voice/


I thought that was the voice of Siri. Samantha doesn't sound like Siri at all.

Personally, I wish I could change them over to Jane Barbe.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:28 pm

That wasn't what I was expecting. However, there's a street called Delores Dr here that TTS pronounced "Delores DEE ARR".
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:32 pm

sketch wrote:Maybe "Expwy" would work for expressway where "Expy" does not. "Expwy" is the preferred abbreviation under the MUTCD. "Expy" is a USPS abbreviation we chose to prefer because (1) it's shorter and (2) some states use it on their signs anyway.


As of the last time I tried it, a couple of years ago, Expwy did not work with TTS.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:39 pm

Worked for me...TTS at 0:23

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9wkkfh1ao3yw1 ... .53.08.mov

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

Postby jemay » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:07 am

Another example abbreviation problems...

Type: General error
Description: voice calls this "west avenue north" but it is "west avenue N"
Reported on: Yesterday

N is the letter of the street (A,B,C,...L,M,N,O) So it is not North.... So what do I do with the request UR

https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=4&lat ... FTTTTTTTFT

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

Postby jemay » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:39 am

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
jemay wrote:Another example abbreviation problems...

Type: General error
Description: voice calls this "west avenue north" but it is "west avenue N"
Reported on: Yesterday

N is the letter of the street (A,B,C,...L,M,N,O) So it is not North.... So what do I do with the request UR

https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=4&lat ... FTTTTTTTFT

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Unfortunately there is only one solution at the moment, and that is to rename the road [West Avenue 'n']. You could also name it [W Ave 'n'] however I would opt to be as close to however the local signage displays it.

Note that 'N' will not work, only a lower case 'n' works so far that we have found for TTS to actually pronounce the letter instead of the cardinal direction. So same holds, 'e', 's', and 'w'.

Ok, I changed the four segments to be W Ave 'n', so when exiting the freeway the navigation would announce the street name correctly?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jemay » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:14 am

But putting a period implies there is more to the letter (representing a word).
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