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Train announcements could be computerized

National News // March 23, 2018

The reassuring female voice that will be so familiar to all train travellers in Switzerland could be replaced by a computer.

Markus Eigenheer Train announcements could be computerized

Swiss Federal Railways are looking for a new system which can give train announcements at stations and will be more flexible.

Currently the announcements are restricted to the phrases that have been recorded – although there are hundreds.

Train managers are looking at a ‘text to speech’ system – which will mean using a synthetic voice.

One of the major questions – should the computer sound male or female? Swiss Federal Railways say research suggests people find a female voice more sympathetic. Perhaps better for announcing delays and cancellations.

 

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