This paper reports on the speech synthesis module used within the Pan-European Traffic Message Control system RDS-TMC to present spoken traffic messages through the car radio. A central concern has been to generate spoken traffic messages in a language selected by the user, independent of the geographical area. Another feature is the combination of text-to-speech techniques with phonetic input which has been optimized off-line, resulting in a flexible system with natural sounding speech output. A prototype has been developed for German, and more languages are to follow soon.
Bibliographic reference. Coile, Bert Van / Rühl, Hans-Wilhelm / Vogten, L. / Thoone, M. / Goß, S. / Delaey, D. / Moons, E. / Terken, Jacques M. B. / Pijper, Jan Roelof de / Kugler, M. / Kaufholz, P. / Krüger, R. / Leys, S. / Willems, S. (1995): "Speech synthesis for the new pan-european traffic message control system RDS-TMC", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 145-148.