ISO Specification of interoperability of teleoperated, autonomous, and manned mining equipment (Joint ISO/TC 82/SC 8 – ISO/TC 127/SC 3 WG)

Scope and Description:

This project envisions a standard that will govern how a wireless device, mounted on a machine which has been equipped with the proper drive-by-wire technologies to allow it to function autonomously (or semi-autonomously), will control the actions of that machine.

How this project can be used to enable interoperability in mining:

This project aims to enable mining equipment from all participating manufacturers to interoperate into a standards-compliant “supervisory system”. The interoperability defined in this project is the ability to provide a common interoperable mechanism for situational awareness and coordination of activities. It applies to both surface and underground mining.

The problem it aims to solve is to define the interoperable data to be shared between autonomous mining equipment, the format of that data, and the method of transmission.


Mine operators, OEMs, OTMs, regulators

Working Group:

Joint ISO/TC 82/SC 8 – ISO/TC 127/SC 3 WG

Intended outcome: Documented international standard

Accessibility model: Purchase

Status: Ongoing

Timeline:  2019-2024

ISO TC82/SC8 information is available here: