This interim report details the outcomes of interviews conducted with technology developers, mine site and corporate mining personnel, regulators and mining human factors academics/consultants. The purpose of the interviews was to identify the human factors issues that may emerge, or are currently emerging, with automated mining equipment. The interviewees also described their visions for automation technology in a future mine.
The overall results are described in terms of broad themes (eg concerning operator skill levels, or their acceptance of new technologies). Conclusions regarding the human element in future automated mines are drawn, and the parallels with similar work in other domains (eg aviation) where automation has been introduced are presented. The importance of an operator‐centred design approach is highlighted.