Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

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Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby ra3bird » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:35 pm

Recently, the waze voice prompt has started saying to turn right when it should say to turn left. This doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen especially when first starting on a route. If there is a left turn, it will say to turn right instead, but then as I get closer it correctly says to turn left! How can this be corrected?
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby DwarfLord » Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:08 pm

OK, I could swear this happened to me, just once, several months ago. Exactly as you say, as I was approaching a turn I heard a voice instruction to turn the incorrect direction. Then as I arrived at the turn, another voice instruction said to turn the correct direction. I had begun to think I imagined it. Maybe not.

Unless we are suffering from mutual delusion -- we are hearing voices after all -- then this is an issue deep in the bowels of the Waze app and none of us volunteers on this forum can do much about it. A few of the highest-ranking editors do apparently have "red telephones" though 8-)

It could help if you said what platform you are using. Mine is an iPhone 4S.

By the way, congratulations not only on your first post, but on posting to the correct forum! Good work :D
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby sniperkiki » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:20 am

I can agree with that also.
Experienced same problem, also thought that I miss heard it, but I guess not

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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby ThomasVietor » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:48 pm

I agree, too. Its not distinct enough.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby okladriver » Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:58 pm

I thought I was going crazy! I have noticed that the UK voices enunciate the turns much better.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:06 pm

If some of you would grab the mp3 files out of the app and post them for comparison, that would be helpful.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby S00Lin » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:44 pm

Yes! Not all the time, but very frustrating to follow voice commands and turn the wrong way.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby okladriver » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:01 pm

Alan, I've attached a zip folder of the sounds. On the PC they are relatively clear but when played on the phone I frequently hear "right" when they actually say "left", even with my volume turned all the way up. Might be that the enunciation needs to be a little better so that it stands out from the road noise while driving.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby DwarfLord » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:05 pm

There may be two things going on. One in which the app actually says to turn one way at the penultimate announcement but the other way at the final announcement, i.e., self-inconsistent behavior. The other in which the way TTS pronounces the words "left" and "right" is not as clear as it could be.

The single event I recall was the former -- I think! But perhaps others are complaining about the latter.

I suppose if Waze recalculates between the penultimate and the final turn instruction you could get this effect. It has happened to me that Waze says to exit right, then recalculates and decides I shouldn't exit right after all, but except for the brief "beep beep boop" has not the decency to tell me the plan has changed. So off I go to the right and then Waze gets really confused.
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Re: Turn Left sounds like Turn Right!

Postby okladriver » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:09 pm

I've had this happen in the middle of drives where the route wasn't recalculated. Just recently we were driving through San Diego and I was holding the phone up for the driver to hear the instructions. They repeatedly heard "right" instead of "left". In this case I was much closer to the phone than they were and I could hear "left". Other times I've asked my passenger what they heard and they said "left" when I heard "right".
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