Put simply, ventilators refer to a machine that provides mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, thus delivering breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently. Elon Musk’s Tesla engineering team is currently building their own ventilator, which consists heavily of Model 3 parts.
Tesla’s engineers sourced hospital-grade components and combined parts originally designed for Tesla’s electric vehicle into a machine that can push a mixture of oxygen and air through the device. The prototype is controlled with a Model 3 infotainment system and utilizes the touchscreen as a user interface for monitoring and the vehicle’s infotainment motherboard as the main computing system. When all of these parts work together, the computing system drives valves controlling the flow of gases into the ventilator.
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