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 AndyPoms » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:56 pm

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jondrush wrote:How do I keep Penn St from being announces as Pennsylvania street?

Is it "Penn Street" or "Penn State" you are trying to do?

Are you sure "Penn" comes out as "Pennsylvania"? That style abbreviation isn't on the TTS test list for state names at all... I guess I'll have to add "Conn" to see if it comes out "Connecticut", although I'd think it either comes out "Conn" or "Connector"...


I was just digging through the list, and found "Penn" does actually come out as "Pennsylvania" (it's under P, not under the states list). It's tagged as an R for removal, but who knows when that may (or may not) happen...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:59 pm

I can report that "Arpt" in Hartford, CT says "Airport" in TTS... I drove these ramps all the time... (Permalink & Permalink as well as a few other ramps in the area)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:35 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote: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.


+1 for ease of use...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm

"Conn" says "Con" in TTS... Added 9/10/2012 to my test rig (parking lot at work)...

I just updated the road names for the next update as well...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:26 pm

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AndyPoms wrote:"Conn" says "Con" in TTS... Added 9/10/2012 to my test rig (parking lot at work)...

I just updated the road names for the next update as well...


Thanks Andy...

Adding your results to the list now.

Did you happen to test "Conn." with the period too?


I was testing for "Connector" but I'll add "Conn." to my test rig... It's kinda small, so I can only do a few at a time...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:55 pm

Alright, here's a screwy one...

There's a ramp I take when I'm headed back to the office from the northeastern part of CT... The sign & the ramp in Waze is labeled "...Charter Oak Br..." For the longest time the TTS said "Charter Oak Bridge", a few days ago a UR popped up that noted that TTS was saying "Charter Oak Branch"... :? I checked the TTS list, sure enough "Br" translates to "Branch"... I drove it today (haven't been out that way in about a month or so), and what do I hear "Charter Oak Branch"... :x

What's up with the 2 possibilities? (it also needs to get noted on the list)

"Br" is pretty standard in the North East for "Bridge"... As you can see from this Street View in NYC that includes the "Triboro Br", "Geo Washington Br" & "Whitestone Br"...

How common is it that "Br" is used for "Branch" in the rest of the US?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:38 am

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Looking at the list again, "Br" is not a good choice for "Bridge" based on the official abbreviations of the US Postal Service and the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
I'm just saying that it's on road signs all over the place (at least up here in the North East)...

GizmoGuy411 wrote:At least I've heard of the word "Branch, but "Stravenue" ? I had to look that one up when I first found it in the USPS list. And as uncommon as it may be, I think it wins for having the most possible abbreviations.
"Stravenue"? Really? Are you sure that's not a typo? I mean, come on, the 'S' is right next to the 'A' on the keyboard...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:48 pm

Couple of things...

1) "Conn." becomes "con" in TTS
2) "CT-" becomes "Court" (expected, but was hoping the dash would trigger something useful)
3) Found the CT Abbreviation list (or at least one of them - I have a feeling there are more & it's document dependent) - it's hidden in the Highway Log PDF... Pages 7-9 at http://www.ct.gov/dot/LIB/dot/Documents/dpolicy/hwylog/hwylog.pdf. "Br" = Bridge, "Bra" = Branch. We also have abbreviations for "Corrugated Metal Pipe" & "Corrugated Metal Plate Pipe Arch" if anyone is interested... :roll:
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:38 pm

1) "Capt" as in "Capt Andrew Rd" is pronounced "Capped" (close, but you get the idea)
1a) Changed to "Capt." for next tile update - will test "Cap" next

2) "Hosp" is pronounced "Hos-puh" (used "Hosp Rd" - i.e. "Turn Right onto Hospital Road")
2a) Changing position for further tests (Now using "Test Hosp" - i.e. "Turn Right into City Hospital")
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:35 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Hospital shouldn't be abbreviated IMO.

I'm just working through the spreadsheet - it was on there, so I put it in my test rig...
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