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 LittlestLou » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:59 am

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Are you sure, because I could swear that it has been that way for a while. We have a ton of county roads in NW Ohio, and we have slowly been changing them to "CR xxx" as we canvas the rural areas. "CR" does get pronounced correctly as "County Road", and not to be confused with "Country Road".


Gizmo, I guess it's possible but I know for sure that CONST ZN and Co Rd happened at the same time. I cannot say for sure about the release prior to 3.5 b/c I had so many GPS issues that I went back to the release before last....

Regardless, I will start using CR. Thanks for the hint.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:28 am

Regarding the infamous Coe Roads, I am almost positive that up until a couple of months ago, everything was pronounced correctly. Perhaps I am going a little nutty though. Either way, thanks for the tip on CR, etc.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:03 am

So, just heard "Bus" (for Business) pronounced Bus...again, this is new for me, as of a month or two ago. I did clear out my cache at the recommendation of others but that never made a difference. Sorry if this is a repeat. I haven't been on the forums as much lately.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:02 am

Wow, I guess I used a more out-dated version of Waze longer than I realized. I can confirm it worked before, as did CONST ZN and Co Rd but I only recently noticed otherwise. Again, must be using an older release. I am so behind the times.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:18 pm

sketch wrote:
taddison1 wrote:
jasonh300 wrote:What was the exact name of the expressway, as named on the Waze map? It's working fine at the expressway near me.


It's "N Central Expy".

Whatever this TTS problem is, it doesn't seem to be consistent. Most streets announce fine, there seem to be just a few that don't.

I haven't figured out if it's always the same streets that fail to announce the abbreviations correctly, or if it's just a random failure that can occur on any street. Unfortunately, the streets that I've heard fail are far from my house so I can't easily go and drive them again.

All the examples I saw with the "N" problem seem to be where Waze doesn't expect a "north", that is, wherever the N is not preceded by a street abbreviation or a numerical highway designation. So it didn't work on "Cesar Chavez N" or "I-35W N", while I assume it would work on "Cesar Chavez Dr N" or "I-35 N".

Was "N Central Expy" only a problem with the "expressway" portion, or with the north as well? I would expect N at the front to work for North; I take "N Causeway Blvd" all the time and it always works.

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.


Looks like taddison beat me to the punch (it was my post). :) But this just happened for the very first time last week. I am clearing my TTS cache right now just in case. The frontage road is signed as N Central Expy (not Expwy). I always did Expwy until I realized it was technically wrong per signage. The N is not directional but is part of the actual street name based on where in the city it falls (northern part or southern). I can tell you exactly where it happened if you would like. I was really surprised since other frontage roads using the same name were pronounced just fine. Here is the section in question and you can even see my UR https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=6&lat ... TTTFTTTTFT

I was making a turn heading east on Armstrong (actually in the parking lot) and making a right on N Central Expy. Thanks for the help. Now I know it's not just me!!!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:05 pm

I recently noticed this as well with Pkwy and Blvd and all the directional labels on roads like Sam Rayburn Tollway N. Also, up until recently, I-35E N actually was spoken correctly. What gives!? Been happening for probably 10 days now...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby LittlestLou » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:07 pm

jasonh300 wrote:Worked for me...TTS at 0:23

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

(Look at all the illegal landmarks!)


Jason, but you turned off a different street, not Armstrong Ave on to Central Expy. I wonder if it has something to do with that particular segment. Any how, I definitely heard it, I am not crazy!! :lol:
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby mapcat » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:57 pm

Thanks for putting together the list. Very thorough. I look forward to seeing the results as they come in.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby mapcat » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:01 pm

jenncard wrote:Per The Chicago Manual of Style, the correct abbreviation for Doctor is "Dr." and Saint is "St." (just as Ph.D. and NOT PhD is the correct abbreviation for that which I seek) :geek:

I must have left my Chicago Manual of Style in my other office, so I can't check, but what does it recommend for Drive or Street?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby mapcat » Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:42 pm

banished wrote:
bmitch3020 wrote:Label: Geo Wash Pkwy
TTS: George Washington Parkway.


Label: Geo. Wash. Pkwy = TTS: George Washington Pkwy

Rationale: "Wash" is not wholly uncommon word in street names.

In cases such as this it makes much more sense to change the street name, IMO. If we acknowledge that some street names can be shortened, and not just commonly abbreviated prefixes/suffixes/directionals, we'd only over-complicate things, with little upside.
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