Severe cases of COVID-19 bring with them respiratory complications and breathing difficulties. Given this, and the fact that the disease is highly contagious, there is a high risk of a global shortage of ventilators.
Moving swiftly to action, Formula 1 constructors and other automobile manufacturers like Tesla have started building ventilators. Initially, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that "Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible." Now, the company has posted a video on YouTube detailing its design process for the machines.
In the video, after briefly describing the general functioning of a ventilator, Tesla workers move towards showcasing their first prototype. Succinctly, the firm's rendition of the machine is built using car parts that are available in abundance. The prototype shown in the video uses the Tesla Model 3's infotainment system to power a Model 3 vehicle computer. A touchscreen from the same car has also been used as a display monitor and controller.