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 dmcconachie » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:43 pm

Sounds like everything is there. I don't see why you wouldn't add an extra field to override the TTS. Default (grey out the field) to the street name but allow overrides!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby doctorkb » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:45 am

taddison1 wrote:A street near me, called "Ira E Woods" was/is being pronounced "Ira East Woods". The "E" is a middle initial, not a direction, so it needs to say "eee" instead of "East".

I looked at the spreadsheet, and it seems to suggest that adding a period after the E would cause it to say "eee", but then there's an accompanying note that says "n/a See East" which seemed contradictory.

Regardless, I recently added the the period, but last time I drove there it still said "East". Should this have worked? Do I just need to clear my tts cache and try again? If it makes a difference, I'm on IOS, not Android.

Perhaps the answer is already in this thread; I've skimmed through some of it but there are 53 pages so forgive me if I missed it :?

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Try 'E' (with the single quotes)
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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 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 DonJ2 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:00 am

What does TTS say when streets use the following formats (for example)?

SW 41st Way (as in 40 first, I'm guessing TTS will say "Forty One Street Way"?)
SW 42nd Way (as in 40 second)
SW 43rd Way (as in 40 third, I'm guessing TTS will say "Forty Three Road Way"?)
SW 44th Way (as in 40 fourth)
... etc.

I've seen this format used in the basemaps. I could not find these abbreviations in the spreadsheet, so I'm wondering what TTS will do?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DonJ2 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:30 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I'm pretty sure I've heard most of those abbreviations such as 22nd, 31st, 44th, etc., fully pronounced correctly. I know for certain that roads like "209th Ave" are correctly pronounced, in the US, as "two oh ninth avenue" and 175th and 185th are "one hundred seventy-fifth" and "one hundred eighty-fifth" as you would expect.


That is good to hear Alan. (pun intended)

Do you recall hearing any specific combinations such as "1st St" or "3rd Rd", as those type of combinations with similar suffixes are the ones that I think would be most likely to fail.


Thanks for the fast response guys. Glad to hear that I don't need to be concerned about it, at least for the combinations that I've seen so far. :)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DonJ2 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:47 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I don't think we should have Waze relying on positional pronunciation. It's just bound to fail. If we make it a standard that "St" is "street" and "St." is "saint" then we know exactly how it will be pronounced regardless of where it is in the street name.


+1, I agree.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DonJ2 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:51 am

AndyPoms wrote:I can report that "Arpt" in Hartford, CT says "Airport" in TTS...

Yuke, It almost looks like apartment.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DwarfLord » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:07 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Quick testing today showed these results. Only one failure.

Dr. MLK Jr. Pkwy = doctor em ell kay junior parkway
St. Penn Pkwy W = saint pen parkway west
Dr. St. John St = doctor saint jon street
St. Dr. St N = saint doctor street north
S Penn Dr = south pen drive
Penn Dr S = pen drive south
SH-219 = state highway two nineteen
US-410 BUS S = you ess four ten business south
I-84 BUS = eye eighty four bus

Talk about the "usual suspects"!

Can I suggest adding "Mt." (or Mt?) for "Mount" to the "usual suspects" list? Rarer than the others perhaps, but even in my neighborhood there is a "Mount Hermon Rd". We spell it out now and nobody's in a hurry to change that, but it would be nice to know if we could abbreviate if we wanted to.

Edit: In Washington there must be a "Mt St Helens Dr" or something like it somewhere :)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby DwarfLord » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:27 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Already, MT = "mountain" according to the big list.
Does this mean "Mt St Helens Dr" would TTS as "Mountain Saint Helens Drive"? In that case street names beginning with "Mount" should probably continue to spell it out.

I am curious about this topic but as I do not quite know where the "big list" is officially documented and how TTS chooses from the "big list" as opposed to the list published in the Abbreviations and acronyms wiki -- I assume it involves the position of the abbreviation within the sequence but am not completely clear -- I should probably go back to lurking...!
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