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 » Mon May 27, 2013 8:33 pm

Here's a report of Waze properly pronouncing "County Rd" for the "Co" abbreviation. User is from Michigan.

https://twitter.com/sorcererdale/status ... 8604571648

It's the first I've heard of this.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 29, 2013 6:57 pm

jondrush wrote:Two recent abbreviations I've seen are L for lower and O for old. Anyone know how TTS would handle these?

I think those should just be spelled out.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 29, 2013 7:37 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Here's a report of Waze properly pronouncing "County Rd" for the "Co" abbreviation. User is from Michigan..

Looks like this road is using the abbreviation of "CR" and not "Co" per the original tweet. Road is "CR-480": https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=4&lat ... s=19400448 south of Harvey, MI.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 29, 2013 8:15 pm

dctdye wrote:I'm assuming this is a known bug/naming problem with the spacing but today i was told to stay right onto us-280 instead of U.S. I *think* it was this ramp:

https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=6&lat ... nts=956781

You need to have spaces on both sides of the slash characters, per the naming guidelines.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 29, 2013 8:29 pm

dctdye wrote:Figured it was something simple like that. That's hopefully fixed now. Thanks :D

I noted others in the area, too. You'll probably be going around fixing a bunch now?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:44 pm

Why not just use the global standard of E for east?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:04 pm

qwaletee wrote:It would be interesting to know the distribution of signs using Br for Bridge versus using Br for Branch, so that we could know which to assign causing the fewest issues.

As noted elsewhere, when in doubt, spell in out.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:30 pm

qwaletee wrote:Update on 9W. Text to speech says West. Ouch. I can't see manually updating every segment to use 9'w' instead of 9w. Also, I believe the quotes do show up, so 9'w' would be a problem. Maybe 'US-9w'?

If it is capitalized, it shouldn't do this. I know that I have "99W" and "99E" here in Oregon and they are always pronounced as double-you and eee respectively. However, these are state routes, so perhaps Waze doesn't have the same rule for the US routes.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:09 pm

qwaletee wrote:I have observed that this could be happening when my phone is bogged down with other tasks. Perhaps the thread that expands abbreviations has a low priority, and if it doesn't run in time, Waze just reads it as-is.

I don't see how this is possible. TTS audio is created at the server and the mp3 file is downloaded to the app.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:05 pm


Not many people are authorized to see this forum. It is titled "TTS New Voice - Testers" and currently has 34 members, 62 posts in 7 topics. It is a child of the Localization forum.

The only way I knew about the new voice, originally, was via direct email from Waze. I assume they/someone created this forum based on those who volunteered. I did not volunteer because there's enough stuff I do for Waze and I didn't need another thing to remember to test, give feedback for, which is then ignored.
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