Tractor cab goes virtual

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Claas has created an App to run on smartphones and tablets that explains the various functions found in a Claas tractor cab. Shown at the recent SIMA exhibition in Paris the Interactive Guide brings virtual reality to the world of agricultural machines.

The app does not replace the conventional hard-copy manual, but provides an easier way to answer some questions about cab functions. Instead of leafing through the manual, the user only needs to take a photograph of the relevant tractor controls with a smartphone.

The app uses reality technology to locate the required control component, which might be anything from a simple indicator light to the CSM (CLAAS Sequence Management). It then takes just a click on the smartphone or tablet to bring up an explanation of the required function, in the form of an illustrated text.

For some of the more complex functions, it is planned to provide the explanations in the form of tutorials, to make the information more easily understandable for users. To locate a particular control component in the cab, the app has an integrated search function, operating on the basis of the telephone’s position finding system.

The app is available for all CLAAS tractors with infinitely variable CMATIC transmission technology (ARION 500 and 600, AXION 800 and 900), with further models to be added in the near future. The currently available languages are English and French, and a German version is in preparation.

The app is now available from the App Store (iPhone and iPad), or on Google Play (Android) for downloading to a smartphone or tablet.

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