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 CBenson » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:54 pm

I'm not sure how waze plans to handle regional/national/language diffences, but I am assuming that currently we are dealing with US English. If that is the case I would add in the state abbrieviations. For instance "MD" is pronounced "emm-dee" by waze. "Penn" is a problem and is pronounced "Pennsylvania."

I would also add the following:
Alternate - ALT
Bound - BND
Crossing - X-ING
Expressway - EXPWY
International - INTL
National - NATL
Route - RT
Throughway - THWY

I would also note that some abbrieviations are ambiguous: ST for Saint or Street and DR for Doctor or Drive. Also some streets are lettered thus there are "E St (or Ave, Blvd etc.)," "N St," "S St" and "W St" out there. Ultimately, there will need to be a method for distinguishing "St" when it means Saint and "St" when it means Street and "N" when it means North and "N" when is should just be "N." If this is done with punctuation then we need to test "St" and "St." etc. If this is done by parsing the phrase, that is "N" is N if followed by a road designation, but north otherwise, then we will need to indicate the different results depending on the phrase.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:58 pm

How should the street between "M St" and "O St" be input so that it is not spoken "North St?"
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:49 am

The credits for the Android Waze 2.9.99.120 says: "Text to Speech: (c) Copyright 2011 Nuance Communications, Inc."
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:49 pm

Yep, no problems with fractions here.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:01 pm

Whats does "n/a" in the confirmed results column mean?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:10 pm

Not that the info is too useful, but when there is no TTS available, does that mean the TTS engine tries to sound out the entry as a word or does it try to spell out the entry as letters?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:39 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:I did not think it was important enough to keep track of.

Sound quite reasonable, given all that you are keeping track of.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:49 pm

I recently passed through this ramp and noticed that "Hwys" does not work as an abbreviation. As far as the "trwy" goes, it sounds like "Trueway" to me.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:41 pm

I just discovered that "Pr." is on a few BGSs around here as an abrieviation for "Prince." The TTS says "pea are."
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:20 pm

I see that you have a abbr. source column now. The ones I originally suggested were found in section 1.A.15 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
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