ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Comprehension of synthesized speech while driving and in the lab

Jennifer Lai, Omer Tsimhoni, Paul Green

Two studies were conducted to measure the comprehensibility of synthetic speech with current text-tospeech technology. Baseline measurements for each subject were obtained using recorded natural speech. The first study was conducted in a quiet lab with no distractions. Half the subjects were allowed to take notes while listening, the other half were not. Findings showed that there was no significant difference in comprehension of synthetic speech among the five different text-to-speech engines used. Subjects that did not take notes performed significantly worse for all synthetic voice tasks when compared to natural speech tasks. In the second study, in addition to measuring comprehension levels, driving performance was examined. Findings suggest that under low workload conditions (very predictable two-lane roads with minimal traffic, no intersections and driving with cruise control), listening to messages does not interfere with driving. This holds for both natural and text-to-speech presentations, though comprehension of natural speech is better and subjects felt so.


Cite as: Lai, J., Tsimhoni, O., Green, P. (2000) Comprehension of synthesized speech while driving and in the lab. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 3, 490-493

@inproceedings{lai00_icslp,
  author={Jennifer Lai and Omer Tsimhoni and Paul Green},
  title={{Comprehension of synthesized speech while driving and in the lab}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 3, 490-493}
}