HSS™

Highway Safety Software™

Highway Safety Software

The Highway Safety Software (HSS) performs Crash Prediction evaluations in roadway facilities based on the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). As presented in the HSM (©️ 2010 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials — AASHTO), the base model to predict crash frequency was built to consider the local infrastructure and operational characteristics. For the various facility types, Safety Performance Functions (SPF) and the Crash Modification Factors (CMFs) are presented. An additional Calibration factor, Cr, can adjust the model for a condition other than the one for which it was developed.

The Highway Safety Software (HSS) faithfully implements the Predictive Method of AASHTO’s 1st Edition HSM and its supplement HSM 2014, allowing for local and state-level calibration for parameters. This release of the HSS includes updated modules to implement the Highway Safety Manual Predictive Models.

What can HSS model?

All facility types covered by the HSM can be modeled in HSS, which include the following:

 Rural two-lane highways
 Rural multi-lane highways
 Urban / suburban arterials
 Freeway segments
 Freeway ramps / interchanges
 Intersections
-   Traditional Signalized Intersections
-   (three[1] and four approach signalized)
-   Stop-Controlled Intersections
-   (three and four approach stop)
[1] Only for urban/suburban arterials

  Roundabouts (NCHRP Project 17-70)

HSS can conduct a standalone evaluation of a segment / intersection or analyze corridors composed of a series of segments and intersections.

HSS Features

HSS can help with the following:

  • Can analyze all facility types covered in the Highway Safety Manual – HSM chapters 10-12, 18-19, plus NCHRP 17-70
  • Conduct an individual evaluation of an intersection or segment by facility type
  • Allow input of multiple highway segments in facility analysis
  • Add/exclude individual intersections/segments
  • Allow the application of Empirical-Bayes method when historical crashes are available
  • Allow input calibration factors described in the Appendix to HSM Part C
  • Provides multiple-period text reports
  • Provides export to CSV file functionality
  • Includes Benefit Cost analysis

HSS is distributed as part of HCS.
Access HSS in the main window of HCS by clicking on Tools → Highway Safety Software.

Support

We provide support to our customers in an expedited way. Our customers only need to let us know what their questions are or where they are stopped in their analyses, and the McTrans HSM Subject Matter Expert (SME) team will get back to them near-instantly to provide help and support.

Contact us via email at mctrans@ce.ufl.edu or call us at 800-226-1013.