Detroit saw Honda’s creative project and asked the carmaker for help as the city battled the new corona virus pandemic,media reported. On Tuesday, local time, Honda unveiled 10 Odyssey-modified mini-cars in Japan. These vans are characterized by modifications to ensure that passengers and drivers are separated, which in turn virtually eliminates the chance of droplets spreading in the vehicle.
It will be a safe haven for medical staff, who will be taken to hospital sending these cars. In addition, Detroit plans to have these vehicles transporting people who may be infected with the new coronavirus.
The retrofit was carried out in Ohio. Engineers installed a plastic sheet between the front row of the driver and the rear position of the passenger to create a barrier, and they adjusted the HVAC system. These vans now operate much like negative pressure chambers in medical facilities.
When the air supply engine provides faster power to the fan at the front of the Odyssey, the rear fan slows down to form a negative pressure chamber. The system follows CDC guidelines for medical facilities, and all retrofits are completed in less than two weeks.