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 harling » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:52 am

Here's a TTS issue that I noticed the other day.

We have a "Summer St" in town. TTS correctly pronounces it "summer street". Off of that street is a court, named "Summer St Ct". TTS pronounces it as "summer saint court". Wait, what?

There are a lot of roads around here for which "St" and other abbreviations need to be pronounced the same regardless of position. I hadn't noticed this before because these are generally small side-streets not used for through-traffic, but people do live on them, and I can think of at least half a dozen examples off the top of my head in my own small town alone. (Smith St Ct off of Smith St, King St Ct off of King St, etc...)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:50 pm

CBenson wrote: I would also note I was somewhat surprised (not having any use for the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" except for waze map editing) at how much each state might change that list. Here is Maryland's for example.


Yes that is a surprise. Maryland has quite a few more abbreviations than the fed list too. I looked my state of Ohio, and our abbreviation list is a copy of the federal list.

I supposed to do the our list right we should look at these for EVERY state. I'm afraid however I'm not up to the task, as our current list represents a fair amount of effort to date, and with only 35% tested so far, there will be a lot more to test once the map tiles are updated again.

Would anyone like to compare the MUTCD list for every state against our list and submit any additional abbreviations we should add?

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/sta ... /index.htm
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:10 am

DonJ2 wrote:Does anybody know if "Par" is announced as "Parade" via TTS?

I did not see it in the spreadsheet. I'm asking because of a UR that says "Par St" is not "Parade St". Not a single segment along "Par St" is or ever has been "Parade St", so I'm wondering if TTS says "Parade St" instead?



I've added "par" for "Parade" to the list and the test rig. It may be quite a while before we can actually test it of course.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:08 am

CBenson wrote:I see that "Pr" has been added to the spreadsheet. Please note that the entries I have heard are for "Pr." - with the period (if that makes a difference).


Added.

I have started to add more abbreviations with periods, and once future batch of abbreviations is tested, I may go back through the list and test those that failed again with periods to see if there is any change.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DonJ2 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:42 pm

Does anybody know if "Par" is announced as "Parade" via TTS?

I did not see it in the spreadsheet. I'm asking because of a UR that says "Par St" is not "Parade St". Not a single segment along "Par St" is or ever has been "Parade St", so I'm wondering if TTS says "Parade St" instead?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:09 pm

I see that "Pr" has been added to the spreadsheet. Please note that the entries I have heard are for "Pr." - with the period (if that makes a difference).
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:18 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
sketch wrote:Have you tried "Thwy" yet? That's how it's abbreviated up on the exit signs up in Baton Rouge.

CBenson suggested that some time ago, however it has not been tested yet.

Don't you or jasonh300 ever get a chance to hear it?

At the rate that our map tiles are getting updated, I could drive down to Baton Rouge and learn the results faster!

Haha, probably! I don't get to Baton Rouge much, and I don't think Jason does either, to be honest. I may or may not be heading that way tomorrow, so I'll check it if I have a minute.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:54 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Thanks to CBenson's link, I've also added the relavant abbreviations from the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Section 1A.15 Abbreviations Used on Traffic Control Devices" list today.
I would also note I was somewhat surprised (not having any use for the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" expect for waze map editing) at how much each state might change that list. Here is Maryland's for example.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:34 pm

In a rush to get as much of the TTS abbreviation testing into WME before the update, I've added every outstanding entry from the list to WME last night.

Thanks to CBenson's link, I've also added the relavant abbreviations from the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Section 1A.15 Abbreviations Used on Traffic Control Devices" list today.

Anyone want to drive to NW Ohio or to the ski mountains of Colorado to test all of our entries. Maybe Jen can come to farm country, and I can go skiing!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jenncard » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:14 pm

jasonh300 wrote:Fortunately, I learned to drive a stick-shift when I was about 11. :lol:

I taught myself when i was 13. It is amazing how much one can learn by watching very, very closely...

So, still no map update? At this rate, I'm thinking I should have kept adding more and more roads to my TTS playground!
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