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 AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:24 pm

There is an update request here which suggests that "cord" is being pronounced "county road" by Waze TTS. That's utterly ridiculous. Too bad map updates take so long to allow us to verify.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:20 pm

invented wrote:I think it's pronouncing "(E)" as "Eee" again. -.-

Really? That'd be nice. I've been changing many to 'e' (and 'n', 'w' or 's') as that was the only option which worked. Where did you hear/see this?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:00 pm

binkowski wrote:SIAP, but the abbreviation "Gd" for "Grand" is used quite a bit on Michigan highway signs. Any chance of adding this to the abbreviation list? For instance, "Gd" is used sometimes (but not always) for Grand Rapids and Grand River.

(Do the) The signs actually read "Gd Rapids" and "Gd River"? Either way, I don't see a good reason why we should abbreviate it. It's not like it takes up a lot of screen space to spell out Grand vs Gd and who knows if/when Waze will ever update the abbreviations list. It's better to have it read it out loud correctly than have the text match the sign 100%, IMO.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:49 am

I'm pretty sure I've heard most of those abbreviations such as 22nd, 31st, 44th, etc., fully pronounced correctly. I know for certain that roads like "209th Ave" are correctly pronounced, in the US, as "two oh ninth avenue" and 175th and 185th are "one hundred seventy-fifth" and "one hundred eighty-fifth" as you would expect.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:36 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I'm pretty sure I've heard most of those abbreviations such as 22nd, 31st, 44th, etc., fully pronounced correctly. I know for certain that roads like "209th Ave" are correctly pronounced, in the US, as "two oh ninth avenue" and 175th and 185th are "one hundred seventy-fifth" and "one hundred eighty-fifth" as you would expect.


That is good to hear Alan. (pun intended)

Do you recall hearing any specific combinations such as "1st St" or "3rd Rd", as those type of combinations with similar suffixes are the ones that I think would be most likely to fail.

I have not found a "3rd Rd" but I do have a "E 1st St" in my town and it does pronounce it "east first street" as we would hope.

I think it would still be worth it to verify things like 41st St, 141st St, and other combinations that combine "rd" and "Rd" like 33rd Rd, 63rd Rd, etc. I would figure if one or two pass, others will too.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:50 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Just confirmed a "101st St" in my area. So far so good. I'll have to add it specifically to the list.

No luck finding any "xxxrd Rd" yet that I can drive to however.

I found one in my state so far, but it's not exactly near by.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:54 pm

And I kinda went near this one in Idaho a month ago...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:14 pm

harling wrote:
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I think it would still be worth it to verify things like 41st St, 141st St, and other combinations that combine "rd" and "Rd" like 33rd Rd, 63rd Rd, etc. I would figure if one or two pass, others will too.

I'm willing to bet that "33rd Rd" and "33 rd Rd" will be pronounced differently.

I would expect that as well. Because it is not formatted properly.
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Re: Strange TTS behavior

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:30 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:jhfrontz reported to me that a street, called "Sulgrave Dr" was being pronounced "Sulgrace Dee Are" instead of "Sulgrave Drive".

I've had TTS do this to Dr before too, but then with the same segment two minutes later on a return trip, pronounced it as "drive."
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:58 am

xteejx wrote:Any chance we can have Saint back the way it was, ie St at the start. Annoying work if we have to change them all!

I don't think we should have Waze relying on positional pronunciation. It's just bound to fail. If we make it a standard that "St" is "street" and "St." is "saint" then we know exactly how it will be pronounced regardless of where it is in the street name.
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