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 Binky71 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:43 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:(Do the) The signs actually read "Gd Rapids" and "Gd River"? Either way, I don't see a good reason why we should abbreviate it. It's not like it takes up a lot of screen space to spell out Grand vs Gd and who knows if/when Waze will ever update the abbreviations list. It's better to have it read it out loud correctly than have the text match the sign 100%, IMO.


The point is well taken. The signs often do say "Gd" instead of "Grand". I've been putting them in as Grand. But if we want them to match the signs, then we should eventually make the change.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmitch3020 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:29 pm

Any automated solution is going to result in a lot of one-off or edge cases that don't work correctly. I think the best solution is to provide a TTS input under the Label input. Use the default TTS rules if no values are provided, and show the expanded value. And if "customize TTS" or some other checkbox is selected, allow the map editor to put in plain English (or their language of choice) into the TTS box. E.g.:

Label: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N
TTS: Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Street North

Label: N St.
TTS: N Street

Label: Geo Wash Pkwy
TTS: George Washington Parkway

This way the label can match the sign, but the editor can fix the TTS if we see the default isn't correct.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmitch3020 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:15 pm

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


Any abbreviation other than the standard N, E, W, S, St, Rd, Ave, Dr., etc., needs to include a period. For example,

Label: Dr = TTS: Drive
Label: Dr. (note the period) = TTS: doctor

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

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


I picked Geo Wash Pkwy on purpose because it's such a bad example. Trying to code the TTS for every situation like this would be a mistake. Like I said, we need a TTS override field where we can enter what is said, and still allow us to match the labels to the BGS.

(Sorry for not keeping up with the conversation, it seems that forum notifications are among the list of things that are breaking lately.)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmtg » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:53 pm

Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmtg » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:30 am

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BarfmanTheGreat wrote:Hello, I have a user report that states that Bradenton, FL, is being pronounced Brahd-en-ton, instead of the way it should, which is Braid-en-ton. Braid is indeed the correct way. Is this something that can be changed? Thx!

Theoretically yes it can be changed, but the change will affect the entire country anywhere that word is used. Therefore we must first know if this is something pronounced differently in different regions.

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Is there a method for doing this? I see there's a Bradenton Rd in Indiana, Bradenton Ave in OH, for example. No idea how it's said there, though.

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

Postby bmtg » Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:13 pm

I have a user reporting that voice said Drive instead of Doctor for this segment:
https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=83508873
called "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St S"

I see that Jr probably needs a period, but why would Dr. say drive?

They were turning right to go north on that segment, and they said it was the default voice.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmtg » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:02 pm

PesachZ wrote:There was an issue which we fixed, when was the report from.
Tell the reporter to navigate to cc@tts, and it should work properly after that.

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It was from June 24. I will provite that fix to them. Thx
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmtg » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:19 pm

I have a user saying that Flaghole Rd is being pronounced as Flag Hill Rd. Maybe the TTS is seeing it as Fla-ghole rather than Flag-Hole, and that's making it sound like Flagil. At any rate, is there a way to test this?

https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... st=4385513
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bmtg » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:37 pm

PesachZ wrote:
BarfmanTheGreat wrote:I have a user reporting that voice said Drive instead of Doctor for this segment:
https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=83508873
called "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St S"

I see that Jr probably needs a period, but why would Dr. say drive?

They were turning right to go north on that segment, and they said it was the default voice.

Can you confirm this has been fixed now please?

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This wasn't my report, it was from a UR, so I don't know if it is working correctly or not. I will try to have another local editor try it out if I can. Thx
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby bowieb2 » Tue May 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Any update on NE being pronounced "Nebraska"? My office is currently on the corner of "Nebraska 17th Court" and "Nebraska 14th Avenue" according to Waze.

"NE 38th St" does not have the issue any longer for some reason. Maybe because it's "St" rather than "Ave" or "Ct"?
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