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 AndyPoms » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:38 am

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Looking at the list again, "Br" is not a good choice for "Bridge" based on the official abbreviations of the US Postal Service and the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
I'm just saying that it's on road signs all over the place (at least up here in the North East)...

GizmoGuy411 wrote:At least I've heard of the word "Branch, but "Stravenue" ? I had to look that one up when I first found it in the USPS list. And as uncommon as it may be, I think it wins for having the most possible abbreviations.
"Stravenue"? Really? Are you sure that's not a typo? I mean, come on, the 'S' is right next to the 'A' on the keyboard...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:42 am

This sounds like another one of those positional issues. I think I recall jasonh300 saying something before about a similar situation.

I'm not even sure how show in the list that "Br" is sometimes "Bridge" and sometimes "Branch" for the very same road segment, depending on how Samatha feels at the moment. I'll have to think on it.

Looking at the list again, "Br" is not a good choice for "Bridge" based on the official abbreviations of the US Postal Service and the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

And for the record, the only time I think I have ever seen the word "Branch" is when I added it to the list from the USPS! At least I've heard of the word "Branch, but "Stravenue"? I had to look that one up when I first found it in the USPS list. And as uncommon as it may be, I think it wins for having the most possible abbreviations.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:55 pm

Alright, here's a screwy one...

There's a ramp I take when I'm headed back to the office from the northeastern part of CT... The sign & the ramp in Waze is labeled "...Charter Oak Br..." For the longest time the TTS said "Charter Oak Bridge", a few days ago a UR popped up that noted that TTS was saying "Charter Oak Branch"... :? I checked the TTS list, sure enough "Br" translates to "Branch"... I drove it today (haven't been out that way in about a month or so), and what do I hear "Charter Oak Branch"... :x

What's up with the 2 possibilities? (it also needs to get noted on the list)

"Br" is pretty standard in the North East for "Bridge"... As you can see from this Street View in NYC that includes the "Triboro Br", "Geo Washington Br" & "Whitestone Br"...

How common is it that "Br" is used for "Branch" in the rest of the US?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:44 pm

AndyPoms wrote:...
I was testing for "Connector" but I'll add "Conn." to my test rig... It's kinda small, so I can only do a few at a time...


Ahh! I edited that, and made a cross ref with Connecticut too.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:26 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:
AndyPoms wrote:"Conn" says "Con" in TTS... Added 9/10/2012 to my test rig (parking lot at work)...

I just updated the road names for the next update as well...


Thanks Andy...

Adding your results to the list now.

Did you happen to test "Conn." with the period too?


I was testing for "Connector" but I'll add "Conn." to my test rig... It's kinda small, so I can only do a few at a time...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:01 pm

AndyPoms wrote:"Conn" says "Con" in TTS... Added 9/10/2012 to my test rig (parking lot at work)...

I just updated the road names for the next update as well...


Thanks Andy...

Adding your results to the list now.

Did you happen to test "Conn." with the period too?

Eventually for completeness, I also want to test all the similar "alternate" state abbreviations with and without periods that I mention at the top of the state list. If "Penn" can say "Pennsylvania" then I'm sure others are in use too. Of course not all will cause issues like "Penn" does when roads are named after people like William Penn!

And speaking of "Penn", I kept it listed in the state list, but added it back to the main list with a reference to the state list. Since it is one of those that has a dual meaning I figured it should really be in both places.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AndyPoms » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm

"Conn" says "Con" in TTS... Added 9/10/2012 to my test rig (parking lot at work)...

I just updated the road names for the next update as well...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:24 pm

As is mentioned in this thread and elsewhere, we have no ability to influence TTS pronunciation. We have requested a phonetic field which would help in many cases, but would not likely be able to influence accents.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby Kuhlkatz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:56 pm

Hi,

In South Africa we use the N,R,M naming convention for major routes : N - National, M - Metropolitan and R - Regional, supposedly.

I do not always have a headset plugged in, nor have it connected to the Radio via Bluetooth. I do however always have the radio on and barely ever listen to TTS.
I recently noticed that that TTS prompts me to turn onto the 'North One North' or 'North One South' where the road designations are 'N1 North' or 'N1 South'. It's named with no spacing between the N and the 1, so I would typically assume this should be pronounced 'Enn One'.

I would assume that the English version of TTS is global and not Country specific as this is likely handled with the 'nasal twang' for US voices and the occasional 'Keep left, mate' instead of 'Keep left' for Aussie versions ;)

Is there any way we can override this behavior with other naming conventions, or how do we handle this ?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:00 am

simonhowes wrote:...
We do get streets called "All Saints", However, as there are not many streets with this name it might be a good if we use "saint" in full rather than abbreviated.


That's our motto here. "When in doubt, spell it out!"
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