This guideline provides a common approach to applying functional safety to autonomous systems and references international standards within the context of the mining industry and its current maturity. It also describes clear expectations for the communication requirements to support change management and effective application. It begins by identifying important reference materials and listing standards that are relevant to applying functional safety to various aspects of autonomous systems.
The core content of the guideline is an example of a functional safety lifecycle for applying autonomous systems in mining. It identifies some key expectations and responsibilities for providing information, documentation, and support at each stage, considering both the product and application lifecycles. Lifecycle stages covered in the guideline are:
This guideline also offers high-level guidance on other relevant topics:
Working Group: Autonomous Mining
Status: Current (revision scheduled for 2022)
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