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 GizmoGuy411 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:49 am

sketch wrote:
PhantomSoul wrote:Does anyone know if the common abbreviation "Twp" gets expanded to Township?
According to the spreadsheet, it does not.


One of the suggestions made to Waze last year was that all non-two letter State abbreviations be changed to two capital letters. One offender strewas Penn which said "Pennsylvania" which prevented any streets named "Penn" from being spoke correctly.

However, I have not tested any of them again since to hear what they say. Once we hear the latest on how Waze would like to proceed, the list in the spreadsheet may need to be completely retested.


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

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:53 am

taddison1 wrote:A street near me, called "Ira E Woods" was/is being pronounced "Ira East Woods". The "E" is a middle initial, not a direction, so it needs to say "eee" instead of "East".

I looked at the spreadsheet, and it seems to suggest that adding a period after the E would cause it to say "eee", but then there's an accompanying note that says "n/a See East" which seemed contradictory.

Regardless, I recently added the the period, but last time I drove there it still said "East". Should this have worked? Do I just need to clear my tts cache and try again? If it makes a difference, I'm on IOS, not Android.

Perhaps the answer is already in this thread; I've skimmed through some of it but there are 53 pages so forgive me if I missed it :?

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The spreadsheet entries are tests to confirm or deny expected or desired results. When you see "n/a", that means that the abbreviation tested did not work as expect or desired.

As Doctorkb said, the best solution at the moment is to enclose a N, E, S, or W in single quotes to get the letter only pronounced. If it still does not work, then use a lower case letter in single quotes.

Yes 50 some pages is a lot to digest. No problem asking again.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:30 am

spock7230 wrote:I've skimmed through the topic so far and have found a few entries that match the "street" vs "saint" problem with the "St" abbreviation, but haven't seen a clear answer yet on a best practice.

As part of my routing directions the other day, I was told to turn onto "Mechanic Saint Bypass," which has the street name label of "Mechanic St Byp" Is the best practice to spell out "St" as "Street" in the case where "street" isn't the last word in the street name? (Permalink) Otherwise, "St" is spoken "street" so far for me.

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Eventually we may actually get "St." to be "Saint" and "St" to be "Street" regardless of their position in the name. But until we do, the best answer as we have said before, deserves repeating, "when in doubt, spell it out!"
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:57 pm

Good news!

As a result of our 2013 Waze Champ Global Meet-Up, I am now in direct contact with Waze staff in regards to the topics covered in this forum thread.

I have submitted an initial issue that needs to be resolved regarding dual TTS issue where there is a difference between the TTS output during a route vs what is said at the destination.

The list of ten things for them to consider that was submitted last year, will be submitted again once the issue above is resolved.

The reason for this is that testing for the other issues will be less complicated once there is only one TTS result, and not two!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:25 pm

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

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:40 pm

We'll I could be wrong. But from reading the news articles, I assumed that the Samantha voice was Siri. Unless Siri was a custom voice only used for iOS?


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

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:41 am

Thortok2000 wrote:Weird bug happened today.

I set a destination on Casey Avenue. When it said to turn onto it, it said Casey Avenue. When I arrived at my destination, it said 'Casey Ave', like the word ave, rhymes with have. That was weird. Any way to fix?


This is a known issue that Waze is working on. Quite a few destinations are pronounced different than what is said in route. Look at the spreadsheet linked in the opening post of this thread to see several examples.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:50 am

orbitc wrote:I have a few instances as well:

to Garden State Pkwy N wasn't correct. It read as "enn" not as "North"
Also, it's reading "Dr" as Doctor.


Is "Dr" being pronounced as "Doctor" wide spread or isolated?

Can you send me some examples?

I want to know if there is any correlation to the occurrence of "Sulgrave Dr" being pronounced as "Sulgrave Doctor" that we have found before in multiple locations.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:14 am

4. The exception to the above is abbreviations for states and or territories; and countries with their three character abbreviation. These contain correct punctuation. Other regions do not fall under this category.
For example: California would be abbreviated to C.A. not CA and Victoria to VIC.


If I am reading this correct, I have an exception to this.

We have been pushing for 2 years now for Waze to adopt the USPS (and others) two letter (without punctuation) for the US States, and Canadian Provinces.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:53 pm

Will chime in as soon as I have some time to address several recent posts.
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