Intuitive Operations

Claas Tractors and Combines

Human-Machine Interaction

Commercial Vehicle Agriculture Claas Tractor Transportation Design Interaction Design

Control panels should be intuitive and easy to understand. The growing needs of users combined with the complexity of steering systems are changing assistance systems, GPS navigation, and added accessories across the board.


With decades of experience in developing ergonomic workspaces and machinery, TEAMS has helped Claas to design a new generation of ergonomic equipment for the agricultural sector.


Intuitive operations are among the most critical aspects of any cabin in need of good communication between drivers and vehicles. At any instant, the operator needs to know the vehicle's status and its current operations and bring attention to the essential aspects. For that, any controls, lights, and displays must be ordered in a logical, hierarchical fashion, allowing the more essential functions and alerts to be visually dominant.


It is vital to use an intuitive structure to the functions, not just how they appear (using visual semantics) but also when and where they appear. One specific goal of console design is to reducing visual noise to a minimum. This can be achieved by grouping and separating clusters of operations or even moving some controls closer to the device they control in that particular function's sightline.


It is also important to not over-burden the screen's information -often 'downgrading' some items to be on-dash LEDs instead of on-screen icons. It is a good way of reducing visual noise on the screen, alerting the controller to certain aspects of their peripheral vision.