Honda Odyssey Minivans Modified for COVID-19 Testing in Detroit, MI

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda News, Honda Odyssey, Safety, Special Editions on Monday, May 11th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Honda Odyssey minivan modified for COVID-19 testing in Detroit exterior side shot with white paint color parked under a tree with pink and purple flowers

The Honda Motor Company has specifically modified 10 Honda Odyssey minivans for the purpose of transporting people potentially infected with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and deployed them in the city of Detroit, Michigan for testing purposes. With the safety of both the driver and passenger(s) in mind, the Honda Odyssey models will hopefully help more residents of the Detroit area receive accurate and timely testing with swift and sanitary transportation. 


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After learning about specially equipped Honda models being used in Japan for COVID-19 testing, city officials in Detroit contacted Honda in April 2020 about the possibility of implementing a similar project. The aim was for the transportation of residents as well as healthcare workers. Since then, a volunteer team of engineers and fabrication experts at the Honda R&D center in Raymond, Ohio devised a plan to modify the U.S. version of the Honda Odyssey minivan to achieve these goals.  

service technicians equipping and modifying Honda Odyssey minivan models for COVID-19 testing in Detroit
Honda Odyssey minivan modified for COVID-19 testing in Detroit interior cabin backseat view with glass divider

Honda Odyssey Minivans for COVID-19 Testing – Modification Process 

The following changes have been made to the Honda Odyssey models used for COVID-19 testing in Detroit, Michigan: 

Sealed clear polycarbonate barrier (plastic) barrier installed between the first and second row of seats. 

Ventilation system adjusted to create a pressurized front cabin that greatly reduces a driver’s exposure to potential pathogens from passengers. 


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For more information on the Honda response to COVID-19, as well as news on new Honda models, continue to read our blog, browse through our online inventory, and contact us here at the Atlantic Honda dealership in Long Island, New York. 

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