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Caught this on my way uptown the other day

 

 

    30870835764_9f4ede9507_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1346 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902694713_7b92ccabeb_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1347 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30870835054_8195cbd468_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1348 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902694123_1f77fa5c99_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1349 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902693943_45ed253dab_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1350 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

My only gripe about these signs is they don't show the time....

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I caught a Q44-SBS with these last night. I have to say, these are a huge improvement over the ones installed on the M34SBS when that was first tested. The only issues are with A-suffixed Bus transfers. Bx4A sounds like Bx4-uh so if the program is anything like Microsoft speech, then typing Ay or something of the like would fix it. 

 

What I also love is that at certain transfers, it tells you how far your bus is from the transfer, so you'll know if your going to make it or not. Despite this being a test and that kinks are gonna be worked out, I am pretty satisfied with the current status and look forward to the advancements.

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Caught this on my way uptown the other day

 

 

    30870835764_9f4ede9507_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1346 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902694713_7b92ccabeb_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1347 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30870835054_8195cbd468_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1348 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902694123_1f77fa5c99_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1349 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

    30902693943_45ed253dab_c.jpg98775654427220161213001249_1350 by Missabassie, on Flickr

 

My only gripe about these signs is they don't show the time....

Nice photos! You mind if i use these for a Youtube Video? I'll give you full credit in the description and even add a link to your channel as well(if you have one)

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Nice photos! You mind if i use these for a Youtube Video? I'll give you full credit in the description and even add a link to your channel as well(if you have one)

 

Yup, as you like :ph34r:

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I caught a Q44-SBS with these last night. I have to say, these are a huge improvement over the ones installed on the M34SBS when that was first tested. The only issues are with A-suffixed Bus transfers. Bx4A sounds like Bx4-uh so if the program is anything like Microsoft speech, then typing Ay or something of the like would fix it.

 

What I also love is that at certain transfers, it tells you how far your bus is from the transfer, so you'll know if your going to make it or not. Despite this being a test and that kinks are gonna be worked out, I am pretty satisfied with the current status and look forward to the advancements.

The only advantage to the Clever Device test on the M34 & 34A (former M16) was that the announcements were pre-recorded by Sara Weaver and even after the transition to Select Bus Service, the announcements were updated as needed.

Hopefully the robotic TTS voiceover is just temporary and that Weaver would return to record new voice-over announcements to blend seamlessly with her existing CleverDevice IVN PAs (e.g. "Please Exit Thru The Rear Door", "Welcome to NY! It's a MetroCard city!", etc.). Alternatively, WaveNet is about as close to a real voice a computer program can get.

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The only advantage to the Clever Device test on the M34 & 34A (former M16) was that the announcements were pre-recorded by Sara Weaver and even after the transition to Select Bus Service, the announcements were updated as needed.

Hopefully the robotic TTS voiceover is just temporary and that Weaver would return to record new voice-over announcements to blend seamlessly with her existing CleverDevice IVN PAs (e.g. "Please Exit Thru The Rear Door", "Welcome to NY! It's a MetroCard city!", etc.). Alternatively, WaveNet is about as close to a real voice a computer program can get.

I don't know if I would call that an advantage. Having to bring in a human to do it versus just typing what you want said into a keyboard.

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I don't know if I would call that an advantage. Having to bring in a human to do it versus just typing what you want said into a keyboard.

True. On the one hand it'll be much more time consuming to make new voice clips specifically for NYC Bus routes than having a TTS program on hand to make the announcements.

On the other hand I wouldn't think (or least hope) that pre-recorded announcements are out of the picture for the future yet. Perhaps shorter clips can be used and recylced from other transit agencies that Ms. Weaver has recorded for in the past (such as NJT or NICE; both systems combined have just a few thousand more bus stops than NYC alone).

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