All around the world right now, an immeasurable amount of hospitals are overwhelmed – especially in hard-hit regions. And one thing they are in dire need of is: ventilators. These devices are meant to help those who are badly affected by the virus and have difficulty breathing.
But big-time car manufacturers such as Ford and GM, who have recently had to stunt their car production, have joined forces to build ventilators instead.
They also plan to produce more protective gear for hospital staff, who are caring for the wellbeing of their patients. Tesla is looking for a way to contribute by building functional ventilators using car parts.
The Tesla Ventilator
The company didn’t go into great detail about which components they are using. However, there are a few easy guesses, such as the suspension reservoir tanks used to pump enough air for patients who have difficulties breathing on their own. It’s also believed that various valves and sensors from car production are coming in handy right now.
Model 3’s Infotainment Display
Tesla has built together with the ventilator the Model 3’s infotainment display associated with a computer and control units.
This device was created in order to help doctors see how the patient is doing, what are their breathing patterns, etc. This could help the medical staff immensely in order to follow their patient’s progress.
Is It Going To Be Available Soon?
The Tesla engineers mentioned that the model isn’t finished, and they are not sure when the company might start delivering these devices – but they know the need is urgent. Many automakers are joining forces and trying to find all the tools they may have to build ventilators and help medical device companies expand production.
Automobile Industry Facing Criticism
Automakers have been criticized for not having these devices ready on time to deploy as many deliveries as possible during a period when hospitals need it the most. Tesla is typically building their designs from scratch. But using existing components could speed up the production. For now, it’s unknown how long will it take for automakers to complete these models. Only time will tell.
Magnussen Ended His Formula 1 Career With Mixed Emotions
Kevin Magnussen got to say goodbye to his team members at Haas during his final race weekend. The Dane is leaving Formula 1 and is preparing to race sports cars in the United States for the Chip Ganassi Racing organization. During his four years at F1, Magnussen got a podium on his debut for McLaren in 2014, signed with Haas, and made a total of 119 starts. Because the racer was with Haas for the major part of these four years, he was happy to learn that he would be able to experience a final weekend with his team.
Magnussen Finished 18th On His Last Formula 1 Race
After finishing 18th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Magnussen said that he felt mixed emotions but was happy to have raced in Formula 1 because it was his childhood dream. He said he also felt sad to leave with such a bad performance, adding that he felt he was not really racing but rather just driving around. Still, he was glad to get the opportunity to say goodbye to the team, admitting that they had a good time and he really enjoyed creating great memories with everyone during the past four years. Then, he wished them all the best and promised he would root for them.
While Magnussen admits he will miss the people he has worked with at the Haas team, he said he is happily moving on from the feeling of not being able to fight for victories. He explained that he is a racer who likes to win and has not been able to get even remotely close to a victory. Now, the Danish driver looks forward to going back to a winning situation where he can go to races and just focus on winning each race and thinking about the championship throughout the year.
Magnussen Felt Privileged To Have the Opportunity to Race In Formula 1
Magnussen was clear that he was not going to miss the low points in his Formula 1 career, and he expressed regret that he was not able to put himself in a position where he could race with a car that would win races. Still, he said he was very grateful to get the opportunity to race in F1, which was a childhood dream of his that came true.