Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

Claas launches transferable auto-steering system suitable for tractors and combines

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Claas has introduced an automatic steering system called GPS Pilot Flex which can be easily transferred between different machines.

Until now, in addition to the GPS Co-Pilot, which indicates a path to which the operator manually steers, the only automatic 'hands-free' steering system Claas has offered has been GPS Pilot.

Unlike GPS Pilot, which is a fully integrated system, GPS Pilot Flex is attached to the steering column and does not rely on valves within the steering system, making it easy to swap between machines such as tractors, combine harvesters or forage harvesters.


Installation is made simple as the control system is located inside a control box and steering wheel that can be fitted in place of a machine's normal steering wheel.

Having removed the normal steering wheel and replaced it with the GPS Pilot Flex system, steering commands are sent directly to the steering wheel's electric motor and steering linkage.

GPS Pilot Flex is designed for use with the Claas GPS Pilot S3 automatic steering terminal.

Where this is already fitted to a machine, all that is required is to change over the steering wheel.

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On machines not already fitted with GPS Pilot S3, the navigation processor, S3 terminal and GPS antenna can also be easily moved over.


The GPS Pilot Flex is suitable for use with all the correction signals used by Claas from EGNOS through to an RTK signal received from a Baseline tripod or a mast-mounted transmitter.

It is also fully compatible with all GPS Pilot S3 functions such as job or reference line management and the new Auto Turn system.

Irish Independent