Volvo turns the 2018 XC60 into a solar eclipse viewer

Alain Brian
Août 18, 2017

To combat this, the vehicle has an extra moonroof in place, which enables users in all five seats inside the auto to get a clear view upwards. Volvo is doing its part to enable at least a handful of people to view the eclipse without having to wear glasses that look like they are from 3D movies of the '80s.

Acting like a giant pair of sunglasses for cars, the magnetically attached shade is made from an ISO approved material that will be able to filter infrared and UV light to allow sky gazers to see everything from Baily's Beads to totality without damaging eyes during the eclipse.

The Swedish manufacturer has developed a special cover for the panoramic moonroof on its XC60 that is to be shipped to Volvo retailers along the path of the eclipse, which is set to take place on August 21. It attaches to the roof with a magnetic frame, and allows all five passengers to safely view the eclipse. Volvo says that it will be placing the viewers at dealers in the path of the eclipse totality.

"The development of the XC60 Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer gives those in the eclipse's path a unique way to experience this historic event in both comfort and safety", said Bob Jacobs, Vice President of Marketing, Product and Brand Communications, Volvo Car USA. So that means Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and SC.

It's not clear exactly how many of these solar eclipse viewers are available.

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