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 PesachZ » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:45 pm

@voludu2 @poncewattle we are investigating these, thanks

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

Postby KittgtoPitt » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:36 pm

Very disappointed with the new Jane. She is very hard to hear and/or understand Samantha was so much better and spoke the turn by turn directions so much better. Highly disappointed with WAZE for removing her and not giving us users a better replacement.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby voludu2 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:35 pm

Jane says "Pottstown Pike N" as "Pottstown PeakNorth" No word-space between Pike and North

Peak? Peek?

Has anyone told her the US is a generally English-speaking country?

https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=67007669
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby Poncewattle » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:32 pm

FYI, Meadowood is being pronounced incorrectly by Jane. Tom and Sam got it correct. First syllable should be meh, not mee

PesachZ wrote:Theoretically yes it can be changed, but the change will affect the entire country anywhere that word is used. Therefore we must first know if this is something pronounced differently in different regions.


ok then, I won't complain about how Newark is being pronounced Newerk instead of New-Ark -- like it is supposed to be pronounced in Delaware... ;-)

Also Luray should be LOOray, not lah-ray -- but that's ok as is, because it's how the locals know who is a tourist. :mrgreen:
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby PesachZ » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:53 pm

BarfmanTheGreat wrote:
PesachZ wrote:
BarfmanTheGreat wrote:Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!

Theoretically yes it can be changed, but the change will affect the entire country anywhere that word is used. Therefore we must first know if this is something pronounced differently in different regions.

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Is there a method for doing this? I see there's a Bradenton Rd in Indiana, Bradenton Ave in OH, for example. No idea how it's said there, though.

Thx

Trying to all the locals, you should be able to find some editors from those areas to ask.

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

Postby bmtg » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:30 am

PesachZ wrote:
BarfmanTheGreat wrote:Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!

Theoretically yes it can be changed, but the change will affect the entire country anywhere that word is used. Therefore we must first know if this is something pronounced differently in different regions.

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Is there a method for doing this? I see there's a Bradenton Rd in Indiana, Bradenton Ave in OH, for example. No idea how it's said there, though.

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

Postby taco909 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:13 pm

Phonetically, with the vowel following the single consonant, "ai" would be correct.
Of course, once in the world of proper nouns, phonetics frequently falls apart.

I have one locally that is annoying.

"Live Oak" is pronouned by TTS with the short "I" rather than corrently as "L-eye-v Oak"

And this may be one to take a look at. I would imagine that the verb form of "live" is extremely rare in street and city names vs the adjective form.
Even in place names, "live" would be more likely to appear as an active form of the verb such as "Living the Life _____"

Another odd one is "Doran" places to much emphasis on the 2nd syllable so rather than "Door-en" it sounds more like "Doe-Ran"
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby PesachZ » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:28 pm

BarfmanTheGreat wrote:Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!

Theoretically yes it can be changed, but the change will affect the entire country anywhere that word is used. Therefore we must first know if this is something pronounced differently in different regions.

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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

e-sarge wrote:
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 bmtg » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:53 pm

Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!
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