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 GizmoGuy411 » Mon May 07, 2012 3:09 pm

CBenson wrote:
GizmoGuy411 wrote:
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


It appears that Maryland is the only state to add a bunch to the fed list. So this doesn't look to be such a problem.


Whew! Thanks for checking on that! Yes that will make things easier.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby invented » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:48 am

Does TTS say "1st" "2nd" "3rd" et al as expected?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby mwhead2 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:20 pm

"Alt" (as in "SR-15 Alt") is correctly said as "Alternate" (though pronounced as "alterneight")

"Conn" ("connector") and "Sp" ("spur") are also used in Georgia so it'd be nice if those were added to the list :)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:17 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
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


It appears that Maryland is the only state to add a bunch to the fed list. So this doesn't look to be such a problem.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DonJ2 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:22 pm

Does TTS expand "Mem" or "MEM" to "Memorial"?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:57 pm

I have several exits here in CT that say "N. Y. City"... I was listening closely today and I got "North Why City" through the TTS... Without me testing 75 variations, does anyone know a way to keep some form of "N. Y." (NY, N.Y., etc) for the display and get it to read "New York" in the TTS?

Thanks for your help,
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby invented » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:41 pm

I found that Waze is pronouncing the acronym "QEW" as "cue". This is incorrect. Also, contrary to the wiki, Waze pronounces "WB" as "westbound" properly.

I'm also looking to see if there is an appropriate abbreviation for "Line".
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:18 pm

A few of jenncard's results were added to the list a couple of days ago. I had not announced it as I had hoped to complete the addition of all of her tests yesterday. However my schedule did not allow it, as some additional field testing is necessary to determine why a few of her results differ from mine.

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

Postby jenncard » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:07 pm

A few interesting observations from my testing:
- CASE vs. case definitely DOES matter
- use of ' or " has interesting (and unpredictable) results
- and testing these rigs isn't has hard as one might imagine :-)

Of the following segment names:
Code: Select all
1: “E” Rd, 2: 'E' Rd, 3: E. Rd, 4: “E.” Rd, 5: 'E.' Rd,
1: “e” Rd, 2: 'e' Rd, 3: e. Rd, 4: “e.” Rd, 5: 'e.' Rd, 6: e Rd,

Some were "gobbledegook", many were "East Rd" and only one actually delivered "Eee Road"
Code: Select all
'e' Rd

And while "Wash Rd", and "Wash. Rd" were pronounced as the word, "WASH Rd" somehow or another came out as "Washington Rd"

For "unknown" words, the TTS engine has two different behaviors:
- spell out the letters, e.g. TR = "tee ar"
- attempt pronounciation, e.g. "Tline" = "t'line" (or whatever you might imagine that to sound like)
I thought that this was varied based on UPPER CASE = spell it out, Mixed Case = attempt to pronounce, but this is not consistent.

As far as this being easier than anticipated to actually test, here are the tips:
- spreadsheets are your friend (this is generally always the case)
- Name the segments as I've done above, with multiple test values identified numerically (with colo) and comma separated
- I set up segment names with up to 10 different test values, and still only had to replay one or two more than once
- create the segments in a radial, coming out from one junction
- attach a small segment at the end of the "test named" segment with a short name. This makes it easy to select the destination.
- Most important, it isn't actually necessary to HEAR the tts on your phone! If you are close enough to the junction with your test segment, the .tts file will be created. "Stop nav" to that destination, navigate to the next, and so on. Not even necessary to move your car.... or even be in your car. I sat at the dining room table (just in front of my big bad junction)

This is about what mine looks like at 100m/500ft zoom. The northern "radial" was more than adequate for me to be able to select the destination segments
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:54 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:The first batch of TTS abbreviation tests from yesterday's map updates have been tested.

This completed a third more of the 700 abbreviations to be tested.

Wow, you all are doing some great testing. I appreciate the time and effort you are putting in to this. Let us hope this bears good fruit with better and reliable abbreviations in the future!
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