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 jasonh300 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:28 pm

Wolfeye wrote:Int might work for international?
IA is also an abbreviation for international airport.


I don't think Int is any kind of standard abbreviation for International. IA is the abbreviation for the state of Iowa, so that wouldn't work in the U.S.

How about Int'l?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:25 pm

Wajo357 wrote:3) Would that screw up navigation search if someone just enters in 1304 Ave S, Brooklyn NY, since it is now only Ave "S"? Would adding an alternate name of Ave S help?


What you name a street currently has no bearing on address searches. The street names we assign in WME are only for TTS and display purposes.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:18 pm

txemt wrote:So, when you have 125 S Ave W E, it should read out how?


Geez...you petition the city council to rename it "Elm Street" and be done with it.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:30 am

txemt wrote:I'd have to disagree. How many street signs or exit ramps do you see that have a "" or '' in them? I understand that we're trying to get Waze to say the actual letter instead of a direction, so I would advocate more of the period.


The problem with the period is that when someone reads it on the screen and sees the period, they're going to think it's an abbreviation.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:08 am

orbitc wrote:
Wajo357 wrote:Keep in mind current Brooklyn Ave names use Ave and not Avenue. Furthermore, I believe street signs say Ave not Avenue. Why fix it if it Ain't broke? My vote is to leave Ave as is and just deal with the s.


I think, I need to clarify this:

We are not changing anything. Especially, anything like Brooklyn Ave to Brooklyn Avenue.

My response was keeping Avenue same as it was when it's Avenue S.


I think he meant "the avenues in Brooklyn", rather than Brooklyn Avenue.

Meaning the street signs say "Ave S" rather than "Avenue S"
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Tue May 14, 2013 3:01 pm

berestovskyy wrote:Hi!
We have an idea how to improve TTS pronunciation and how to deal with abbreviations. Basically we suggest to use Alt City/Street name to correctly pronounce names and/or to specify a short (abbreviated) street name.

Please support if you like the idea! ;)

Thanks!


This would be a very bad idea and would defeat the true purpose of Alt Name fields (which is for search results).

However, it wouldn't be a bad idea for a new dedicated field in which a phonetic spelling of names could be entered.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:28 pm

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taddison1 wrote:I had a couple of odd abbreviation behaviors today:

- In this street name: to Downtown / Cesar Chavez N, the "N" at the end was pronounced as the letter N instead of "North". Any idea what could cause that, seeing as the N is not in quotes?
Permalink: https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-96.78 ... s=62245993


I've just gotten a report about this today where the "N" was reading as "en" and not "north." It is unknown if the other directional letters are doing the same thing or not.


There's a whole thread about this somewhere. It seems to be when roads have unconventional names. Such as US-11E N or Cesar Chavez N. If it was Cesar Chavez Dr N, it probably wouldn't do it.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:35 pm

txemt wrote:This one particular editor said it's always said "north" in the directions up till yesterday.


It's a recent issue, and I believe it's worldwide.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:36 am

taddison1 wrote:Just saw another UR saying that TTS was attempting to pronounce "Expy" as a word, something like "Expee", not as "Expressway". "Expy" is in the official Wiki abbreviation list, so it seems this is a problem not limited to the compass point abbreviations.


What was the exact name of the expressway, as named on the Waze map? It's working fine at the expressway near me.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:56 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:Ok... just slightly off topic, but have you heard that the person behind "Samantha", our favorite Waze TTS voice product from the company Nuance here in the US has finally revealed her true identity?

Her name is Susan Bennett from the Atlanta area.

The story broke on CNN, a couple days ago, when she revealed that she was the voice of Siri on iOS products.

So if want to see who sometimes misdirects you in unfathomable ways, check out this story, along with the accompanying video.

I think I like hearing our Samantha talk even more now!

CNN Article: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/04/tech/ ... one-voice/


I thought that was the voice of Siri. Samantha doesn't sound like Siri at all.

Personally, I wish I could change them over to Jane Barbe.
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